Darrelle Revis

To get a resolution to Darrelle Revis’ 5 plus week long holdout, the New York Jets signed the all-pro cornerback to a new deal on September 6th, despite Revis’ having three years to go on his rookie contract, which wasn’t exactly a bad deal for the player.  The Jets ponied up a 4 yr/ $46 M contract to their disgruntled star, with a whopping $32 M guaranteed, despite the player having absolutely no negotiating leverage beyond his greatness, and his agents’ ability to scare the Jets by scaring the fan base that the league’s only true lockdown corner would not be in uniform came game 1 against Baltimore.


I am always pro player in money disputes with management, in football and hockey especially.  In those sports, careers can go by in a blink, and management, in general, would have no qualms about turning the table on a player who has given heart and soul to the team, once his play starts to decline.  In football, where the money is not all guaranteed, teams are the most cold hearted when it comes to cutting ties.  Football is the only sport where players actually give back money to their teams, or renegotiate their contracts on the team’s terms, if they feel their team may cut them and force them to uproot their families if the player does not comply. 

Good for Darrelle.  He got his money.  Did he exploit the Jets?  Absolutely.  Did Nick Mangold need to do so to get his new $ 57M contract?  No.  Will David Harris need to pull a lengthy holdout to get paid?  That’s highly doubtful.  Woody Johnson has 27 billion dollars.  Everybody’s going to get paid.  Again, I favor the players.  But when I heard that Darrelle Revis was stopped on Friday doing 80 MPH in a 40 MPH zone, and the excuse he gave, the whole Revis situation, in mind, had to be resivited, with no praise forthcoming in Revis’ direction.

Updated: Friday, 15 Oct 2010, 6:13 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 15 Oct 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

(NewsCore) – New York Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis was ticketed for speeding and careless driving by police in New Jersey, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Friday.

Revis was reportedly pulled over Thursday in Livingston, northern New Jersey, as he headed to nearby Florham Park, where the Jets’ facilities are located.

He was driving 81 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to the Livingston Municipal Court.

Livingston Police Capt. Jeffrey Payne described the traffic stop as “uneventful, normal.”

Since he was traveling more than 40 mph over the speed limit, Revis will have to appear in court Nov. 4 before resolving the issue.

“I’m not a speedster; I was just trying to get here to work,” said 25-year-old Revis, who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Denver because of a hamstring injury.


Sorry if I am especially sensitive to this issue, but my wife and daughter were in a serious accident at the hands of a careless, wreckless, speeding driver.  And Revis, trying to pull out a common man’s excuse, that he was late to work, is greatly deluded.  First off, Revis was 36 days late to work.  He doesn’t really get to be late to work, after that, after having $32M in guaranteed money bestowed on him. 

No one ever said these guys were smart.  Obviously, Revis, as smart as some may feel he is, a defensive coordinator on the field and whatnot, is football smart only.  We are about 3 weeks removed from Rex Ryan publicly calling for the Jets to stop “being that team” and stop embarrassing their owner with knucklehead decision making away from the field.  Should he have benched Braylon Edwards?  Never.  And he was right on that, and so were we.  We needed him to win, we need to win, therefore, the player must do what he is paid to do: play.  The courts dispense justice, not the Jets. 

I hope the Jets play Revis, as I am sick of hearing about his hamstring, which he hurt because he did not attend training camp.  And I hope he actually contributes this week to their passing defense.  Last week, the Jets hid Revis from Randy Moss, and Revis still got burned by Percy Harvin, and on one play, was tossed to the turf by Harvin like a rag doll.  Revis might be the best Jet–when healthy–but he hasn’t been healthy, and that can be squarely attributed to the player’s greed.

So Revis?  Get to work early.  You are paid well enough.  And do everything right, the way Braylon Edwards has done since getting in hot water.  Because if it’s not about your football greatness and the glory you bring to the New York Jets, then we are all sick of hearing about you.




Tough game for the Jets today in Denver.  They suck on the west coast, historically.


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New Jet defensive end Trevor Pryce (above).

In Jets’ coach Rex Ryan’s news conference after the Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football America, 31-23, Ryan said he was happy with the win, but that the play of the defense ‘hurt his pride.’  The Jets gave up over 400 yards of total offense and over 350 yards passing to Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne.  That’s not to say the Jets have been awful on defense.  They have allowed only 47 points in 3 games for an average of 15.67 pts a game–a number they should be able to win with. 


Still, the Jets have allowed 3 100 yard receivers against them in three games, and they aren’t getting to the quarterback all that much.  Enter Trevor Pryce, who led the Ravens in sacks last year with 6.5, and who is third in sacks amongst active players.  And let’s not forget that Pryce put up 13 sacks for Ryan in 2006 when Ryan still served as the Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator.  The Ravens released Pryce earlier in the week, despite Pryce being a starter for Baltimore at end.  Though the Ravens said they intended to re-sign Pryce, they never got the opportunity.  As soon as the Jets heard of his release, they pounced on Pryce, to the delight of Ryan and former Ravens Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard.

When asked if Pryce, a 14 year NFL veteran had any juice left, the loquacious linebacker replied that Pryce had “more juice than Tropicana.”  Scott also insinuated that several other Ravens must be jealous that Pryce found his way to the Jets. 

Pryce’s career stats:

Season Team   Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2010 Baltimore Ravens 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0
2009 Baltimore Ravens 16 7 31 19 12 6.5 0 0.0 1
2008 Baltimore Ravens 16 16 27 17 10 4.5 2 0.0 0
2007 Baltimore Ravens 5 2 15 9 6 2.0 0 0.0 0
2006 Baltimore Ravens 16 16 47 37 10 13.0 2 0.0 2
2005 Denver Broncos 16 16 33 31 2 4.0 3 0.0 1
2004 Denver Broncos 2 1 2 1 1 0.0 0 0.0 0
2003 Denver Broncos 16 16 36 28 8 8.5 1 0.0 2
2002 Denver Broncos 16 16 46 40 6 9.0 1 0.0 1
2001 Denver Broncos 16 16 39 33 6 7.0 4 0.0 1
2000 Denver Broncos 16 16 12.0 0 0 0.0 0
1999 Denver Broncos 15 15 13.0 1 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
1998 Denver Broncos 16 15 8.5 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 0
1997 Denver Broncos 8 3 2.0 0 0.0 0
TOTAL 276 215 61 1 13 1 1 0 8


Now let’s be real.  The Jets picked up a 35 year old pass rusher.  Again (recall Jason Taylor).  But Taylor, a former arch rival, has earned his wings with big hits on Tom Brady and Chad Henne in successive weeks.  Like Taylor, Pryce represents an upgrade at end opposite Sean Ellis.  Vernon Gholston, still looking like a bust from here, has yet to register an NFL sack, despite a few near misses.  The Jets are missing three prominent players on defense–their best player, Darrelle Revis, behemoth Kris Jenkins (out for the year, and possibly his career), and top pass rusher Calvin Pace.  Pryce brings a much needed boost to a squad that could have Revis and Pace back next week for the Vikings on Monday night football, or, the Jets could choose to sit both again, with the bye coming up after Minnesota, which would give the Jets a very healthy squad, hopefully, from then forward.

As for tomorrow in Buffalo, Pryce is definitely what the doctor ordered.  Pryce was given a playbook by the Jets upon arrival, but he doesn’t really need it because the Jets and Ravens run the same defense.  So much for Pryce taking his kids to Six Flags this weekend.  That was what he had planned, but when Ryan heard about the trip, he informed Pryce he would be in several pass rushing packages versus Buffalo. 

Great news.  an upgrade is an upgrade.  Too bad we’ll have to look at Drew Coleman in the starting lineup, who is perhaps the worst corner in the AFC East–but Pryce’s addition almost makes the Coleman thing acceptible.  I look for the Jets to notch a big win in Orchard Park tomorrow, and would like nothing more than to see Pryce contribute to the victory, which means pain for Bills’ new starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

As for Kyle Wilson, who has struggled mightily, we are still very upset that the Jets did not use the 28th pick on Chiefs’ rising star Dexter McCluster.




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Darrelle Revis (above) began a costly but necessary holdout yesterday, when he skipped the first day of Jets’ training camp in SUNY Cortland on Sunday in the hopes of expediting his negotiations for a new contract.  While the Jets have made several moves of late, signing first round pick Kyle Wilson to a 5 yr deal between $ 12 and $ 13 M, giving GM Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan big money extensions, locking up D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and signing veteran backup QB Mark Brunell to a two year contract, team owner Woody Johnson told the press today that Darrelle Revis and the Jets are not close on a contract this afternoon.




Johnson said he was disappointed by Revis’s absence, but painted the dispute as an inevitable part of team ownership, if a holdout by a cornerback labeled by some as the best defensive player in the N.F.L. can be considered normal.

“Just because you want to do something doesn’t mean it happens,” Johnson said.
He also reiterated what General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said Sunday night, that the main disagreement between the Jets and Revis’s representatives centers on total compensation. Johnson confirmed that Tannenbaum and his team set the Jets’ total compensation threshold. Johnson said he gave Tannenbaum a five-year extension in June because he trusts him to make that kind of decision.

Revis wants to be the highest paid cornerback in football, but the Jets believe that the salary Oakland pays Nnamdi Asomugha, currently the highest paid at $45.3 million over three years, is outlandish and unrealistic. Johnson used the words “far apart” when he addressed the gap in total compensation.


My take?  While it seems like the Jets hold all the leverage in this situation–they control Revis’ rights exclusively for three more seasons, and then if franchised, would hold the right of first refusal over Revis through the player’s prime–they need to get a deal done with this guy in short order.  Those facts stated above would all spell leverage for the team except in the situation where you have a game changing talent like Revis who shatters common negotiating ettiquette and precedence because he is likely going to go down as one of the all time greats to play his position.  This is a special player who transcends the Jets ability to argue that hardline negotiating is a just approach. 

Revis definitely wants to be on the field, and does not want to hold out, especially this year, with the HBO Hard Knocks cameras at camp.  But as he is likely the second most important player on the team and the best overall player on the team, his value to the team will be made abundantly clear by virtue of his absence.  The Jets have taken a poor stance in these negotiations, supporting a failed premise about Raiders’ CB Nnamdi Asomugah being overpaid. 


It is what it is.  Bad contracts set salary thresholds in sports all the time.  Asomugah is worth that money–$45 M for 3 years–because someone was willing to give it to him.  For billionaire Woody Johnson to try to get around this simple fact, instead of using it as a basis to find the parameters of a Revis contract is incredibly stupid, and I see the ploy as one the Jets will have to soon abandon.  For now, Revis sits, costing himself over $16,000 per day, but at the end of this negotiation, I will be shocked if Revis isn’t making $ 16 M a year on a long term pact.

Revis, who will earn $ 21 M guaranteed in the next three years on his current contract is upset that he is only being paid $ 1 M in base salary for 2010, but he just received a lucrative bonus in March and would receive another next March, on his current pact.  But that’s all moot, since Revis will be a $ 100 M man soon–whether hardline football people feel he’s in line for it or has handled himself well, or not, because his talent, combined with the Jets’ talent as a football team and ability to go deep this year, demands it.



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D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets’ bookend left tackle, charged with protecting star QB Mark Sanchez, signed a 6 year extension worth a potential $ 60 M today which will keep the borderline All Pro with the New York Jets.  Under the terms of the extension, Ferguson will be guaranteed no less than $ 34.8 M.

The team and Ferguson have “verbally” agreed to terms on a long-term extension that will keep him with the Jets through 2017, according to Ferguson’s agent, Brad Blank.

With the six-year, $60 million extension, Ferguson will be making $73.6 million over the next eight years, including $34.8 million in guarantees, according to a person with direct knowledge of the terms of the deal. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been signed yet.

The guaranteed money is a record for offensive linemen. Ferguson is expected to sign tomorrow.


Ferguson, best friends with Mark Sanchez, has won himself quite a contract–a record contract for offensive linemen in fact–a good sign considering the Jets are negotiating a new contract with their franchise player, CB Darrelle Revis, who is also expected to set a benchmark with his next contract.










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