CORTLAND, N.Y. - The sometimes overcast, other times partly cloudy sky in this Central New York town Sunday essentially mirrored the Jets' plight.
A day that was supposed to be filled with excitement, great anticipation and optimism was tempered, all because Darrelle Revis never showed up. The Pro Bowl cornerback remains embroiled in a contract stalemate and decided to make his point by holding out, a decision that will cost him $16,532 per day.
"We waited till the last possible moment with hopes of getting a deal done," Revis' agents, Jon Feinsod and Neil Schwartz, said in a statement. "Darrelle will not be in camp."
The Jets aren't pleased that the cornerback, who's scheduled to earn a base salary of $1 million, failed to show up at SUNY Cortland the day before their first training-camp practice.
"We are disappointed that he is not here," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "It's certainly his prerogative not to be here. The lines of communication will remain open and we'll see where we go."
Rex Ryan was equally disappointed by "the fact that a deal wasn't done yet," he said. "I'd love to have that going into camp, everybody here, the excitement, everything else. That was obviously a big negative, but we are going to move forward and get out here. I really thought in my heart that a deal would be done. But that wasn't the case."
Tannenbaum provided some details on the negotiations, mentioning how the lines of communication have never closed since he first approached Revis' agents two days after the Jets lost to the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. He said he made two financial offers to Revis within the previous 72 hours.
One was a long-term solution that Newsday reported last month - that the Jets were willing to add six years to Revis' existing deal, pushing the total contract over $100 million when combined with the remaining $21 million he's owed. Tannenbaum also offered a "band-aid" contract that would increase Revis' salary the way the Titans did with running back Chris Johnson.
Both were rebuffed, and Tannenbaum made another offer: to visit Revis at his house and discuss things. Revis' camp declined, and the two sides appear to be way apart in what they feel Revis is worth.
He wants more than the $15.1 million that Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha earns, believing he should be the highest-paid player at his position. The Jets are balking at giving him that much.
"That is a threshold issue we have," Tannenbaum said.
Although the two sides haven't spoken since Friday, Tannenbaum said there's been dialogue throughout the process and that has nothing to do with the failure to strike a deal.
"We're not standing here today because of a lack of communication," he said "We've told them we have flexibility. We'd like him here, but whatever we wind up doing, it has to make sense."
In the meantime, rookie Kyle Wilson and Dwight Lowery will be rotated opposite Antonio Cromartie and share Revis' first-team snaps. But when speaking about Revis, Lowery sounded like most of his teammates, indicating he believes the defensive captain won't be totally abandoning them.
"Darrelle is going to be here," Lowery said. "He's going to play. It's just a matter of when . . . I know what's going on. Just put it that way."