Monday, August 9, 2010
Revis contract squabble tough to stomach
ESPNNewYork.com reporter Rich Cimini has more info about the proposal cornerback Darrelle Revis' agents submitted to the New York Jets at a Roscoe, N.Y., diner Friday.
No word on whether the paperwork had a sheen of bacon grease and a coffee ring on it when Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum forwarded it to owner Woody Johnson.
But apparently it was indigestible.
Johnson essentially said "Kiss my grits."
Johnson told Jets reporters Monday afternoon the proposal showed no progress and he wasn't optimistic a deal would get done before the season started.
Cimini reports the meeting took place at the Roscoe Diner because it's roughly halfway between the Jets' training-camp site in Cortland and Rockland County, where Revis' agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, do business. Jets contract specialist Ari Nissim also attended.
Revis wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, and based on the glowing declarations head coach Rex Ryan has made over the past year, it sounds like at least one prominent member of the Jets agrees in theory.
The problem -- in addition to tricky limitations in an uncapped year and all the labor uncertainty -- is the Oakland Raiders gave cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha an outlandish deal that shattered the standard. The Jets are averse to accepting it as a starting point with Revis, who is using that contract as his measuring stick. Asomugha's deal averages $15.1 million a year.
Schwartz refused to reveal any specifics from their written proposal, but it's said to be a creative package that addresses the Jets' concerns about a large signing bonus. The Jets' last offer came on the eve of training camp, but it included a small amount of guaranteed money -- about $5 million in 2010. Revis was so upset that it sealed his decision to stage a holdout.
Revis has three years left on his contract. He has not reported to training camp and so far has amassed $148,000 in fines.