The latest episode of "As The Jets Turn" only seems like a rerun. All-world cornerback Darrelle Revis felt disrespected when new Jets general manager John Idzik did not immediately call him to clear the air about trade rumors. The New York Daily News reported earlier this week that Jets brass avoided Revis' agent at the NFL Scouting Combine, further fueling trade speculation.
This situation is going to get worse before it gets better for all involved parties. Revis has one year left on his contract and reportedly wants $16 million per year in his next deal, which would make him the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. The Jets can either accede to his demands and cripple their payroll flexibility to keep an oft-injured player whom they've repeatedly and publicly traded barbs with, or they can suffer the embarrassment of letting their best player in a long time leave. Either decision makes them a punchline.
Revis won't come out smelling like a rose either. He's already been a training camp holdout twice, in 2007 and 2010, and this is the second straight year he's been involved in offseason headaches. Nobody this side of Richard Sherman disputes his talent. But Revis missed 17 games over the last three years with a few different injuries and he rarely seems happy with his contract or his team. It may be that the Jets are entirely to blame for their dysfunctional relationship with the star corner. But it'll be hard for Revis to convince a team to tie up so much of their salary cap in a player who has so frequently been a distraction.
- Elliot Smilowitz