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Cowlishaw: Revis story is on me

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis smiles during a workout

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis smiles during a workout at the new Meadowlands stadium. (June 16, 2010) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Tim Cowlishaw started a Twitter tidal wave Sunday evening, posting in 140 characters that he heard Darrelle Revis was closing in on a deal that could be finalized on Wednesday.

Then on Tuesday, he followed that up with some more information about the All-Pro cornerback taping an interview, one that could've potentially been featured on Wednesday's episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks." That ignited another brush fire, creating another frenzy that got even crazier once AOL Fanhouse jumped into the deep end of the pool and corroborated Cowlishaw's report.

Turns out, as we had been reporting, none of this was completely accurate.

Cowlishaw, a Dallas Morning News Columnist and regular contributor on ESPN's "Around the Horn," has posted a mea culpa of sorts on his blog, explaining that he wasn't sure why things didn't work out the way his source said they would. None of that matters, Cowlishaw wrote, saying "So what happened in this case is irrelevant. It's on me."

Revis' holdout stands at 26 days and counting, and there doesn't appear to be much of a thaw in negotiations. A source familiar with the situation said the Jets, as of now, are not budging with their offer of 10 years, $122 million.

That, of course, can always change as things do in negotiations, but it's becoming more apparent by the day that someone will have to cave in and find that truly happy medium in order for this to get done.

It's getting down to a critical period here with training camp in the books and the Jets ready to suit up for their third preseason game tomorrow, which is the dress rehearsal for their Sept. 13 opener versus the Ravens on "Monday Night Football." They're 18 days away from kicking that game off, and sure Revis can show up tomorrow and still be effective against Anquan Boldin and the rest of Baltimore's receivers.

But as Dennis Thurman pointed out, there's a difference between being in shape and being in football shape, ready to take that physical pounding and having your body prepared for the sometimes grueling twists and turns it could take. Even if Revis magically ended his holdout today, he'd still have a ways to go before he's really in the shape Thurman would want to see him in.

“It’s like boxer," the defensive backs coach said. "You don’t go and train for a boxing match for two weeks and say, ‘Ok, let’s go get in this championship boxing match and I’m just going to let you pummel me.’ You have to prepare your body to hit.”

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