POSTED: Friday August 13th 2010
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Revis Island Remains Alone at Sea as Jets Training Camp Continues
As talks between the New York Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis hit a standstill, head coach Rex Ryan came up with quite a unique proposal to help prod discussions between both sides further.
The way he has seemingly mastered the art of the power play, one could be forgiven for mistaking the New York Jets’ Rex Ryan for a hockey coach.
Yet, there Ryan was, calling out cornerback Darrelle Revis’s agents on Wednesday, saying that if they and their client wanted to meet with the entire team and not just allegedly rebuffed owner Woody Johnson, if it would mean getting a deal done any quicker, he would be all for it. He was being serious… and now he has Revis’s “goldkeepers” at his mercy.
Revis’s agents had responded to earlier Jets allegations that a sit-down between them, Revis, and Johnson had been denied by calling the report a “blatant lie”. Enter Ryan, who actually lived in hockey-mad Canada as a youngster. Result: The ball placed firmly in Revis and his agents’ court, for a metaphor having to do with yet another sport altogether.
Imagine, if you can, just how that meeting would go down? Dirty looks between Revis and Jim Leonhard in regard to comments made to the media recently. Santonio Holmes chilling, listening to his iPod all the while staring a little too blankly into the distance. Mark Sanchez nursing his knee, praying quietly that this isn’t the beginning of his sophomore slump of a season. LaDainian Tomlinson nursing his entire body, praying he gets the opportunity to make good on this second chance he’s been given. Sounds like good times all around.
Now Revis isn’t a free agent. In fact, he’s under contract, meaning each extra day he doesn’t report to training camp is one more day he is in breach of contract. In layman’s terms, you can probably equate him to a spoiled six-year old who is running away from home because he’s making $1 million in salary and not $5 million. You may ask yourself: how many six-year olds do I know that make $1 million per year? To that I counter with: how many pro athletes do you know that will sign a contract in good faith and then not honor the agreement at the first sign that things aren’t going their way? Relatively speaking, only a select few, a pretty exclusive club that, unfortunately for the Jets, includes Revis.
Revis may not make or break the Jets chances this season, but, depending on how he is being viewed in the lockerroom by his ex-teammates (Johnson has stated that he doesn’t believe that Revis will play for the team this year), he would likely make a nice addition to the team’s defense, especially considering his Pro Bowl season last year.
Ryan has gone on record as saying that the Jets will win the Super Bowl this season. He did make that guarantee after Revis decided to act like a baby without his gold-coated bottle, so it stands to reason that he believes in his team regardless of how this situation plays out.
Revis can hold out for as long as he wants, reportedly paying a fine of $16,000 per each day he stays away from camp. It doesn’t look like the Jets, who have openly admitted that Revis deserves more than his projected salary for next season, will be budging from their latest offer at all (believed to be over $10 million). There is a big difference between doing what’s right and giving into random demands. In this case, the demands seem to be of the disconnected-from-reality variety. Maybe Revis had better take a page out of his own playbook and stay a castaway on his own private deserted island. Okay, let’s not be too cruel; Mr. Roarke, Tattoo, and of course his agents should be allowed to visit.
Revis’s agents have said, in response to Ryan’s proposal of a full-team meeting, that the team is free to try and reach them to arrange a meeting whenever they want. Translation: I dunno, actually… I’m pretty sure that’s agent-speak for I’m not saying “yes” because it’s a ludicrous idea and I’m not saying “no” because I don’t want to seem unreasonable.
Translation to that: Revis is just where Ryan wants him. Soon to be game, set, and match, Jets.
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