Al Davis doesn’t get enough credit for the impact he has on the NFL. Season after season, the batsh*t Oakland Raiders owner makes it harder for teams to resign their top talents because he inks deals like Tommy Kelly’s seven-year, $50.5 million thunder turd. Such is the current woe of the New York Jets with their star DB Darrelle Revis, who, despite showing up for OTAs, is threatening a holdout if he is not made the highest paid corner in the NFL. That honor currently belongs to Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha, who made history with a three-year deal worth $45.3 million in 2009.
The Jets have already presented Revis with two offers and he has declined both, citing his 2009 performance as a straight-forward reason that he deserves top dollar. Revis had his best season as a pro in 2009, recording six interceptions and 54 tackles, and was the second most important DB in the Jets’ march to the AFC Championship game. Most important was, of course, Antonio Cromartie.
Cross your arms and stomp your feet, NY Daily News:
“If things are not the right way, I need to sit back and view my career and see where I need to go from here and move on,” Revis said at practice Thursday in his first comments since skipping one voluntary session last week.
Revis, who is entering the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, will make $1 million in 2010. He could have the $20 million guarantee in 2011 and 2012 voided if he skips training camp.
Experts predict that extending Revis’ contract will take an offer along the lines of 6 or 7 years and $90 million, which poses a salary cap issue for the Jets looking beyond the capless 2011 season. The Jets also have to worry about extensions for D’Brickashaw Ferguson, David Harris, Nick Mangold, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Cromartie, although Mangold is already unhappily expecting to be franchise tagged next season. Rumor has it that Edwards and Holmes will basically battle for a long-term extension this season, but Edwards won’t comment and just wants to drop it.
Above all else, Revis says that he wants to be financially secure in case the worst happens, like a broken leg or knee, to which every receiver in the league responded, “Oh yeah, that would just be terrible.”