Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum expressed dismay the team could not come to terms on a contract extension with Darrelle Revis that would have prevented the cornerback from holding out of training camp. Revis was the only player not to report today.
"We're disappointed he's not here," Tannenbaum said.
Tannenbaum, who recently had his own contract renewed through the 2014 season, said he offered three options to Revis and his agents: a long-term deal that would have kept Revis in a Jets' uniform for the rest of his career, a short term — or "band aid" solution — and a chance for both sides to have a face-to-face meeting.
"The lines of communication are open," Tannenbaum said. "We remain committed to finding a solution that makes sense for him and for us."
Revis has three years remaining on his current deal, but is scheduled to make $1 million this season. Tannenbaum declined to say whether today's holdout was grounds for the team to take away the $20 million in guaranteed money from the current deal for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
"He's not here, and that's his prerogative," Tannenbaum said. "Fundamentally, we don’t have an agreement on total compensation."
Tannenbaum said he remains optimistic a deal will eventually get done. "I’m paid to solve problems. I go into every situation hoping it would work out. When that solution comes it’s hard to say. But it hasn’t been for a lack of communication."
Tannenbaum said he started talks with Revis and his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, three days after the Jets lost the AFC Championship Game to the Indianapolis Colts. Their most recent talks were Friday night.
"We’re not standing here today because of a lack of commuinication," 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."
Revis is being fined $16,523 for each day of training camp he misses.