- James Walker, ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter
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Both were unhappy but took different paths to make their point. Jones-Drew skipped all of training camp for the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Revis showed up on time and hoped something would get worked out with the Jets. Neither player got a raise.
Now, Jones-Drew is pointing to Revis' season-ending knee as an example why players should hold out if they deserve a raise and have leverage.
"Darrelle Revis, for example. He could have held out," Jones-Drew said on The Rich Eisen Podcast. "He wanted a new contract and, knock on wood, hopefully it doesn't happen to anyone else. But he gets a freakish injury. Now he has to rehab and do it all over again.
"This game can be taken from us so quickly. When you're producing at a high level, as players, we feel like we should be compensated for that, and obviously that was what my holdout was for."
Jones-Drew has a good point. The AFC East blog re-examined Revis’ contract situation with the Jets after the injury on Monday.
Revis has one year left on his contract and wants a mega-extension that will make him one of the NFL's highest-paid players. However, New York would not want to invest that much into damaged goods. Therefore, the Jets may want Revis to play one more year at a bargain rate to see if he's the same player post-injury. A blown-out knee basically ruined Revis' leverage.
The NFL is a very tough business. Keep an eye on how the Jets handle Revis' money situation in 2013.
Two of the biggest names this offseason who wanted new contracts were Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.