New York Jets cornerback Darelle Revis is looking to negotiate a long-term contract with the team before the start of training camp. Revis is due $1 million for the upcoming season, way under market value for a player that finished second in the voting for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Reports from Revis’ agent, Neil Schwartz, suggest that the Jets promised him a new contract before the start of the 2010 regular season. The Jets do have a history of telling players they will receive new, long-term deals and then going back on their word.
Revis says that honesty from an organization is an important factor when deciding whether to stay or go.
“That’s their word. That’s what they said,” said Revis, standing by his locker. “If you go back on your word, it’s a problem.”
Despite the Jets’ history of going back on their word, Revis remains confident that the Jets will deliver on their promise. The All-Pro conerback did not make any threats of not showing up to camp, but wouldn’t say if he would report under the terms of his existing contract.
Before his rookie season in 2007, Revis and the Jets were deadlocked in negotiations for his current contract. Negotiation stalled for three weeks, resulting in the contract Revis is trying to renegotiate.
Jets fans may be troubled with Schwartz’s history of negotiating tactics. The New York super-agent also represented players Pete Kendall and Chris Baker in contract disputes with the Jets. Those players are no longer with the team, and both said the Jets broke promises made to the players.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum has his work cut out for him, as he tries to come to terms with the other high-profile players he has added to the team. Among the big names the Jets acquired in the off-season are LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, and receiver Santonio Holmes.
Two potential obstacles standing in the way of the Jets reaching a new deal with Revis are the acquisition of two star corners in Antonio Cromartie from the Chargers, and rookie Kyle Wilson out of Bosie State.
Also seeking long-term commitments from the Jets are All-Pro center Nick Mangold and linebacker David Harris, both entering the last year of their respective contracts.
The new 30 percent rule does not help the chances that all players will receive the money they want. The rule states that salaries in renegotiation can only grow by 30 percent from one year to the next.
Another obstacle that might keep the negotiations from being quiet will be the presence of HBO cameras recording the annual Hard Knocks reality television series.
Revis remains positive that he will be able to report to camp with a new contract.
Online Sportsbooks have set the Jet’s chances of winning Super Bowl XLV at 10/1.