He’s involved in a contract dispute and skipped out on a voluntary practice last week to voice his displeasure with the way negotiations are currently going.
But things haven’t gotten messy between Darrelle Revis and the organization as the two sides attempt to work toward an extension for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback. Well, not yet anyway.
“I had a conversation with Rex [Ryan] on the field before practice and it’s no hard feelings,” Revis said today after the Jets wrapped up their final session of Organized Team Activities. “Nobody is walking around here, ‘I hate you, you hate me.’ No, I mean I talked to talked to [Mike] Tannenbaum yesterday and we talked about the NBA Finals.
“This is not being enemies or waring against each other. It’s just negotiations. Crazy things [happen]. Some person sees something one way and another person sees it a different way.”
Revis’ camp and the Jets still appear to be far apart, and he didn’t discount the possibility he may hold out when training camp rolls around in August, especially given the Jets approached him after the 2009 season about an extension. He said his agents received a second offer from the Jets, but the money still isn’t close enough to what he’s looking for.
The All-Pro, who’s scheduled to earn a base salary of $1 million in the fourth year of a six-year deal he inked as a rookie, reiterated he wants to be the highest-paid at his position. He thinks he should top the $15.1 million the Raiders’ Nnamdi Asomugha collects per season, and missed last Thursday’s practice to make his point known.
It was the first voluntary session he hadn’t attended this offseason, and he returned to practice when the team reconvened Monday for their final week of OTAs.
As for next week’s mandatory three-day minicamp, Revis said he plans on particpating. That could be in part due to the language in his contract that would no longer guarantee the $20 million left on his deal. Plus, he’d lose nearly $10,000 a day since players can be fined $9,442 for missing minicamp. That number swells to $16,523 per day for skipping out on training camp.
Is Revis confident something can get worked out before the season opener?
“I don’t know,” he said. “I hope. I’m praying. But if it don’t, then there’s going to be other changes. There are going to be other things going on where I need to look at my career and weigh it off that. But they said they were [going to get it done] and I think that’s what they are pushing for, too.
“I’m just going to keep on doing what I’ve been doing, come in here and be around until it’s time for me to do something different.”
Revis had a lights-out 2009 campaign, blanketing many of the league’s most elite receivers and elevating himself into a different stratosphere. And even though the NFL’s financial landscape is murky because of the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement, Revis feels he's outperformed his contract.
“Right now, I think I have played my best football,” Revis said. “The season I had last year was crazy. So this is a lot of leverage I do have now to try to get to that second contract and get the money that you deserve. I don’t know how long I’m going to play. I could have broken a ankle out there or tore a knee up and my career would’ve been over.
“But this is the time right here where you’ve got to think about your career, your family and you’ve got to fight. You’ve got to fight. And that’s what I’m doing. Not in a hateful way or not in a bad way. I’m just fighting because this is the business and this is how it goes.”
And it’s something the Jets are going to face continually in the interim with several key, core players chirping for new deals.
“The Jets need to pay their guys,” Revis said. “It’s a lot of us on the line right now. Me, Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw [Ferguson], David Harris. So it’s up to them to choose who they want to pay and who they don’t want to pay. I might not get paid this year, I might. So we’ll see.”