Contract holdouts have been the talk of the league this offseason and the epidemic doesn’t appear to be coming to an end any time soon. New York Jets all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis is the latest to become a member of the group disgruntled with their current contractual situations and he has been a no show to this point from Jets training camp. Revis’ camp reportedly submitted a proposed contract to the Jets front office and it was quickly rejected by team management. Would you like to know why?
10 years, $160 million. That’s why.
According to the New York Daily News, the Jets have offered Revis a 10-year $120 million deal with no specifics on guaranteed money which was countered then by those representing the cornerback. The $40 million separating the two sides is an astronomical amount of money that could (theoretically) sign two additional players to the team’s roster if used correctly, but there appears to be no end in sight to this standoff. Jets owner Woody Johnson isn’t optimistic about Revis even playing a single down with the team this season as he told ESPN’s E:60 series that he was pessimistic about Revis suiting up in New York this year. Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan proposed that the team have a town hall style of meeting where each side sits down and lays out their own perspective in order to strike a compromise of some sort. That seems like wishful thinking from the defensive-minded coach worried that he may be without his best defensive player for the entire 2010 campaign.
Other members of this holdout club include two prominent players for the San Diego Chargers in left tackle Marcus McNeill and wide receiver Vincent Jackson. It was recently reported that Shawne Merriman will be reporting to camp shortly for the Bolts at least removing one name from their list of headaches with the season beginning shortly. The New England Patriots are also in a standoff with guard Logan Mankins and zero progress has been made between those two parties adding yet another name to the list of great players on the sidelines as the season nears.
What all of this seems to boil down to is financial uncertainty in the NFL with the looming lockout in the final operating year of the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Owners are scared to commit big money to players right now up front in case there is no football a year from now and consequently no income to pay those checks to the players under contract. While many thought the uncapped year would lead to a spending spree for high profile teams and owners this past year, it appears the concept of “no floor” has outweighed the “no ceiling” idea by leaps and bounds. For the sake of football in the coming season, these four Pro Bowl level talents need to be out on the field and their teams should do everything within their power to get them suited up for the Sundays ahead.
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