By Maurisse Johnson
As a Jet fan I love Darrelle Revis. We haven’t had a player of his caliber since Curtis Martin. When a player holds out for more money or a better contract because of they’re superior play compared to their contract; I am all for them doing so.
Let’s be clear, we all secretly wish we can do the same at our 9-5 jobs – we often work long hours and go above and beyond the call of duty in order to try to get raises and promotions and once in a while bonuses. The idea of no showing up for work in order to force our employer’s hand is something we all dream about: but for us that just isn’t a reality.
In this case though, I have come to a conclusion that even if Revis signed another lucrative extension for say 5 years and $70 million with $35 million guaranteed he would then proceed to say in the later half of the contract that he isn’t being paid appropriately.
The league has gotten to the point where the only thing that really matters to players is the guaranteed money and roster bonuses that are written in the contracts. Anything else is considered soft money in which they know they aren’t getting because clubs often cut players as they’re play declines and the cutting effect on their team cap isn’t as steep.
This issue or the angle that Revis is playing isn’t one sided: NFL teams who cut players before their contract is up aren’t living up to the deal they too negotiated. NFL teams want to keep roster stacked with rookies and veterans who are paid at the veteran minimum so that they’re salary cap stays low, while the TV revenue sharing guarantees them more than enough to keep them in black.
Revis is the best CB we’ve seen since probably Saunders. But as Colin Cowherd said on his weekly talk show at what point do the NY Jets begin to think that the value of signing Revis every 2-3 years isn’t worth the return? Revis will command some $13-$16 million per year in his next contract, for that much money you can easily obtain at least two upper tier players who won’t threaten to hold out every 2-3 years.
The question of how much compensation would we get for trading Revis is starting to come to mind. Value says trading the best player at his position means at least two 1st round picks. If the Jets were to get something close to that say a 1st and a 2nd and the additional cap relief it wouldn’t equal the loss of Revis but it would give the NY Jets relief of this every other year saga.
Getting paid mega bucks in the NFL often means players moving to teams/cities that have a dearth of talent (uhmm Buffalo) and the cap room to pay a star or two mega bucks. But often these teams fail to make the playoffs unless that star player is a QB. So time will indeed tell how the Revis saga will play out, but if I’m the NY Jets front office Revis’s time may be up.