Darrelle Revis Wants New Contract Before Reporting To New York Jets Camp

August 2, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

New York Jets fans will not be happy to hear that their prized cornerback Derrelle Revis will not report to training camp without a new contract. Revis wants to be the highest paid corner in the NFL, but the Jets are having a hard time offering him the money he requests. The Jets’ 2010 NFL betting odds could be affected if Revis fails to join the team before he gets a new deal.

General manager Mike Tannenbaum told reporters that he made two substantial offers to Revis over the weekend that included one that would make him a “Jet for life”. Another short-term deal was reportedly discussed that would raise Revis’ 2010 salary.

Both of Tannenbaum’s offers were rejected Friday night. The talks between Revis and the team have taken a bad turn judging by the reactions of the general manager, player, and his agent Neil Schwartz.

Schwartz did not reveal the exact numbers of the two proposals by Tannenbaum, but did comment on the reaction. 2010 NFL betting trends are sure to be affected if Revis is absent from the field next season.

“Darrelle’s actions speak volumes about the offers,” said Schwartz

Revis is determined to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie contract. Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders is currently the highest paid defensive back in the league. His three-year $45.3 million extension is tops in the NFL, and Revis wants a similar deal.

Instead of earning money while in camp, Revis is losing $16,523 in fines by sitting out. Future guarantees in his current deal have been forfeited. According to his contract, the $20 million due to Revis in 2011 and 2012 has now become non-guaranteed money. The willingness of the cornerback to miss out on that kind of money shows his frustration with the current situation.

In a press conference, head coach Rex Ryan praised Revis as the best corner he has ever coached. Tannenbaum agreed with Ryan saying, “we want to reward him.” The general manager followed that statement with, “We have a fundamental disagreement on total compensation.”

Schwartz laments that negotiations seem to be grounded for now, and added that Revis will not let up because of missed money.

“We were hoping Darrelle wouldn’t have to go down this path,” Schwartz said. “He and his family were extremely deliberate in this decision-making process.”

Tannenbaum replied by saying the team is ready to give Revis a new deal, but the contract has to make sense for both sides.

“The lines of communication are open and we remain committed to finding a solution that makes sense for him and makes sense for us,” Tannenbaum said. “The two things that we’ve all agreed upon is that Darrelle has outplayed his contract and it needed to be addressed, and he has three years to go on his contract.”

Pre-season Super Bowl XLV betting odds have set the Jets among the favorites to win the game at +1200.

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