Friday, August 20, 2010
A peek inside Revis-Jets negotiations
National Football Post president Andrew Brandt wrapped up his two-part analysis on the Darrelle Revis holdout.
In his first column, Brandt broke down all the particulars that have gotten us to where we are now in this soap opera. He provided background on Revis' current contract, a six-year deal signed as a rookie and on the relationship between New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and Revis' agents.
In the last installment, Brandt uses his expertise to provide insight on negotiations. Brandt has experienced his share. He handled contracts and the salary cap for the Green Bay Packers from 1999 to 2008 and has been a contract consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brandt provides insight on what constitutes fair-market value for NFL cornerbacks.
The Revis camp, of course, is pointing to the outrageous three-year, $45.3 million contract the Oakland Raiders gave Nnamdi Asomugha. The Jets view that deal, which includes a clause that forces the Raiders to pay him the franchise-tag figure for a quarterback if they want to keep him next season, as a deviation.
Brandt explains Revis' agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, regard Revis among the best players in the NFL at any position and believe he should be valued alongside all elite players, including quarterbacks.
Some of the recent three-year values for top non-quarterback deals have been the following: Nnamdi Asomugha ($45.3 million), DeMarcus Ware ($45 million), Terrell Suggs ($43.4 million), Julius Peppers ($42.3 million) and old friend Albert Haynesworth ($41 million).
Revis thinks he is deserving of more than any of these numbers, looking in the range of over $65 million guaranteed over the next four years. Although he and his agents may believe he is worth it, that will not happen, especially for a player three years from free agency.
Brandt predicts there won't be any significant movement until the regular season is about to start and foresees Revis back in uniform by Week 3 with a short-term deal that allows Revis to take a shot at free agency relatively soon while allowing the Asomugha contract to expire and, therefore, clarifying true fair-market value for the Jets.