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Jets' Ryan has own plan to settle Revis' holdout

Rex Ryan has a plan for settling the

Rex Ryan has a plan for settling the Darrelle Revis holdout; what his superiors will think of it is another matter. Credit: AP

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Rex Ryan clearly is getting somewhat annoyed, a bit bothered by the contract dispute revolving around Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis.

So he has a solution to a problem that's now hovered over the Jets' training camp at SUNY Cortland for 11 consecutive days.

"This is what I would like to have happen," Ryan said Wednesday. "Everybody put their cards on the table. Have Darrelle come here with anybody he wants, and we'll have Mr. [Woody] Johnson here. In fact, this is what I think we ought to do. This is the way I would handle it."

Enter Rex Ryan. Super negotiator.

"We'll call off practice," Ryan added. "We'll have our whole team there and me. That way, there's no 'He said, she said' or whatever. Just get the thing done and let's work it that way. So let's do this. Let's bring him in. I'm inviting him to come in, Darrelle come in with everybody else, anybody he wants or as few or as many as he wants."

Ryan, who wasn't joking, didn't stop with that, however.

"We'll have the whole team there, including our owner and the entire organization. Steve Yarnell, we'll have Bruce , we'll have everybody there. And then that's maybe how we'll get a solution. Everybody wants a solution. So let's figure a way to do it. Maybe this is the way."

One of Revis' agents, Jonathan Feinsod, responded: "They have our number."

General manager Mike Tannenbaum declined to comment.

Revis remains steadfast about being the highest-paid player at his position. He's slated to earn $1 million in base salary in the fourth year of a six-year contract, but wants more than the $15.1 million that Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha averages per season.

This whole ordeal is getting bothersome for Ryan. It's becoming more apparent he's trying not to lose his cool when speaking about the situation, and he's trying to keep the focus on the players that are in camp.

Still, Ryan's agitation level is about ready to go off the charts. He said it was a "blatant joke" that Revis' agents called the Jets owner a "blatant liar."

"This part's frustrating because [when] . . . you are calling out Woody Johnson . . . C'mon. Let's go," Ryan said. "Put it out there, put it in front of everybody. You can negotiate."

Ryan recalled sitting in on a meeting early in the offseason with Tannenbaum, Revis' agents Feinsod and Neil Schwartz, and Ari Nissim of the Jets' football operations staff. That was more than enough for him to stay out of the negotiating circles.

Well, until Wednesday anyway.

"That was a rough five hours I spent," Ryan said. "Tannenbaum had me come in one time and I spent five hours with Neil and Jon and Tannenbaum and Ari. I was sitting back going, 'You couldn't pay me enough to be a general manager of a team. There's no way.' It was frustrating for me and I was there for the one five-hour period. I almost quit."

But he's not about to give up on his team or his Super Bowl aspirations just because his best defender appears to be dug in for a lengthy holdout.

"Everybody knows what I think of Darrelle," Ryan said. "It would be much easier to win it with him, but it's certainly not impossible to win without him."

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