Unhappy With Contract, Darrelle Revis Skips Jets OTA
Revis has asked the Jets for a new deal in line with his standing as one of the league's top cornerbacks (Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha currently makes more than $15 million per year), but according to the source has been upset about the speed with which the team has reacted to his demands. The team made an offer to Revis recently, but he was so upset with what it was that he decided to start skipping offseason workouts in response.
"This is a voluntary camp," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "When it's time to react or be frustrated and all of that stuff, I'll react."
Ryan said Thursday was the first day all offseason for which Revis hadn't yet shown up, and that he hadn't personally spoken with him. He also said the reason he wasn't as hard on Revis as he was on former Jet Leon Washington earlier this offseason for missing voluntary workouts was because Revis isn't recovering from an injury, as Washington was.
"My responses about Darrelle Revis are well documented," Ryan said. "I pushed for him to be defensive player of the year because I thought he deserved that. I love him. He's a great guy. This is a voluntary camp, so you'd have to ask him the reason why he wasn't here."
If Revis were to skip the mandatory minicamp later this month, or any portion of training camp, he likely would incur a fine. As of now, the source said, Revis hasn't made any final decisions about those camps, but he is considering holding out to make a statement.
"There's always going to be contract issues -- this is football," Jets linebacker Bart Scott said. "After this, there's going to be David Harris. After that, D'Brickashaw [Ferguson]. It doesn't make him any less of a teammate. He'll be back eventually, and he'll step in and he won't miss a beat."
Jets center Nick Mangold, who's also caught in the contract limbo created by the NFL's uncertain labor situation, said he and his agents discussed skipping OTAs while he sought a new deal, but decided against it. One source of the problem in many cases is the league rule that prohibits teams from raising a player's salary by more than 30 percent of the previous year's. This has been an issue in Tennessee, where star running back Chris Johnson is seeking a big raise off his record-setting 2009 season.
"The 30 percent thing has thrown a wrench into the plans," Mangold said. "But there are ways around that and ways to deal with it. It's just a matter of us and the team being comfortable with what those ways are."