Nick Mangold's Deal Could Drive Bigger Wedge Between Jets, Darrelle Revis
Now that New York Jets center Nick Mangold has his contract extension and also has weighed in on his thought process behind agreeing to the deal, the Darrelle Revis holdout is certain head into an even more precarious direction. Revis' camp will try to spin these developments in their favor by claiming Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson are showing a double standard in their negotiations.
Meanwhile, the Jets should have an easier time in the court of public opinion after getting Mangold to agree to a seven-year, $55 million extension and telling reporters what his motivation was for getting the deal done. His revelation makes Revis look like the stubborn one now.
Holding out "didn't fit my personality," Mangold told reporters Monday. "Its not me, it's not who I am and it's not what I do. The offensive line is a very cohesive unit that needs work to be cohesive. If I wasn't here, we'd have a hard time with that jelling. I know there is a left guard battle going on. Hopefully, I can lend a helping hand."
Mangold reported to training camp on time without the contract extension because he didn't want to miss any practice time. At the time, he admitted he wasn't happy about not having a deal done but being on the field was more important to him. According to reports, his new contract includes $24 million in "rolling" guarantees, but Revis is pining for a fully guaranteed contract.
The Jets have now locked up two of the "Core Four" -- left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, linebacker David Harris, Mangold and Revis. The Jets reached agreement with Ferguson back in early July on a six-year, $60 million extension. Now Revis and Harris are the only two remaining and Harris' agent already has come out publicly to say he doesn't expect his client to get a new contract until after the season because of the uncertain labor situation.
What this all means is that the ball is back in Revis' court, and the only leverage he currently has is the question marks surrounding New York's secondary without him in there. New York Giants rookie wide receiver Victory Cruz, an unheralded and undrafted rookie camp invite, burned just about every Jets cornerback on the field to the tune of three touchdown catches in the Monday night preseason opener at the New Meadowlands a week ago. Scenes like that only magnify the importance of getting Revis into camp, but as of right now, it adds up to fewer chips on his end of the table and than on the Jets.