Revis returns to Jets amid alleged contract dispute
When All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis skipped a voluntary organized team activity last week, it was intended as a shot across the bow of Jets management to let owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum know he considered their contract offer insulting. But Revis returned for yesterday's OTA, which was not open to the media, indicating there is no bad blood yet.
Coach Rex Ryan, at last night's Mets game, spoke about Revis' decision to rejoin the team. "It was good,'' Ryan said. "He made three interceptions today. One of them was impossible to make, so it's always good to see him out there.''
After last season, Revis said the Jets promised to give him a long-term deal before training camp begins Aug. 1, and he expects it to recognize his status as arguably the NFL's top cover corner.
But numerous reports indicated the Jets' first offer included no guaranteed money and did little more than rework the money Revis has coming to him under the terms of his six-year rookie contract valued at $36 million. It's scheduled to pay $1 million this season, but the team has the option to buy back the final two years for $20 million, which it presumably would do to prevent unrestricted free agency.
Revis fulfilled playing-time incentives that let him void the final two years after this season. Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha is the NFL's best-paid corner at $15.1 million for this season. Tannenbaum has been quoted as saying he wants to reach a deal "within reason,'' which sounds like something short of highest-paid.
First full practice for Sanchez. The Jets confirmed last night that quarterback Mark Sanchez, recovering from knee surgery, was a full participant in 11-on-11 drills for the first time this offseason.
ESPNNewYork.com first reported that Sanchez fully participated in practice.
With Kimberley A. Martin and AP