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Revis tweets: 'I'm coming home, baby!!!'

September, 6, 2010
As you would expect from the NFL's best cornerback, Darrelle Revis did one hell of a job going into deep cover.

Revis practically vanished during his contract dispute with the New York Jets. Reporters tried to track him down in New Jersey and his hometown of Aliquippa, Pa., with no success. He didn't even tweet for nearly six weeks.

Revis finally popped his head up shortly after midnight Monday morning to revel in his new agreement, tweeting for the first time since Aug. 26.

  1. Darrelle Revis
    Revis24 To my family, neil, & john I love u guys I'm comin home baby!!! Revis Island LET'S GO.
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Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod are Revis' agents. He later tweeted an apology for what transpired. Revis missed every rep of training camp and all four preseason games.

  1. Darrelle Revis
    Revis24 it not has only been hard on u guys but it has for me too. I just want to tell yall that I'm sorry for this process ...
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As long as he locks down receivers for the next few months, I don't think Jets fans will require an apology.

A peek inside Revis-Jets negotiations

August, 20, 2010
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.

Brandt writes:
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.

An inside look at Darrelle Revis' contract

August, 17, 2010
In his latest column for the National Football Post, former NFL executive Andrew Brandt provides an inside look at cornerback Darrelle Revis' contract dispute with the New York Jets.

Brandt's columns always are educational. If contract talk is off-putting or confusing to you, then I would highly recommend checking out this piece. Brandt, who has negotiated contracts for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, sets up pertinent issues impacting Revis' situation and breaks them down in easily digestible bits.

It's important to know the reputations of Revis' agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, and their history with Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Also noteworthy is the thought process that went into Revis' rookie contract.

Brandt emphasizes this point about Revis' six-year deal:
Revis has made $15 million on his rookie contract entering this year. Although there is much in the media about the scheduled $1 million for 2010, the $15 million paid to Revis for 2007-2009 is a more accurate analysis of his pay since being drafted by the team.

Brandt writes that he sees "no movement and no end in sight," but teases to a second column coming Wednesday in which he details the main sticking points in negotiations and the leverage each side had.

Jets, Revis camp go into deep cover

August, 12, 2010
Given the rising rancor between the New York Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis' camp, this probably is a smart strategy.

The Jets on Thursday afternoon issued a joint statement with agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod:
"Both parties have had conversations to clear the air and will continue to negotiate with the hopes of reaching an agreement. From this point forward, all discussions regarding these negotiations will remain confidential."

Probably not a coincidence this was disseminated a half-day after some revealing moments from general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan on Wednesday night's season premiere of "Hard Knocks."

Revis contract squabble tough to stomach

August, 9, 2010
PM ET 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.

Cimini writes:
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.

Jets can't afford to wait for Darrelle Revis

August, 9, 2010
Darrelle Revis? Who's that?

The New York Jets still have to field 11 defenders for practice and are acting like their star cornerback won't play a down for them in 2010.

Antonio Cromartie is in Revis' usual slot on the left side. Rookie nickel back Kyle Wilson and top backup Dwight Lowery are sharing reps on the right side.

And they're hoping to be surprised.

"We're going to prepare like he's not going to be here," Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday morning. "If he comes through the door, that's fine. Somebody will kiss him on the lips probably. But the guys that are here, those are the guys we're getting ready for the season."'s Rich Cimini reports Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum met with Revis' agents Friday away from the "Hard Knocks" cameras that are all over the team's training camp at SUNY Cortland.

Cimini writes agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod presented the Jets with an offer at a diner in Roscoe, N.Y., but the Jets haven't responded yet.

Revis needs to report by Tuesday (30 days before the start of the regular season) or he won't get credit for a season of NFL experience, which is used to determine free-agency status.