AFC East: Revis Jets agree 2010

Who won Darrelle Revis' contract battle?

September, 7, 2010
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ESPN "First Take" debate maven Skip Bayless took on Sirius Satellite host Bomani Jones about whether the New York Jets or cornerback Darrelle Revis won their resolved contract dispute.

Jones sided with Revis.

"He gets $32 million guaranteed," Jones said. "He avoids going to training camp, and we're going into a lockout with an uncertain labor situation, and he will get the money that he wanted to hold out for. He didn't have to do it for a full year like his Uncle Sean Gilbert did before [with the Washington Redskins in 1997]. ... I can't see how he's anything but the winner."

Bayless viewed the situation much differently.

"Darrelle Revis lost badly here," Bayless said. "When the GM of the Jets [Mike Tannenbaum] says 'It was a great deal for Darrelle but a responsible deal for the Jets,' that's advantage: team. And remember: If it was all about holding out for Nnamdi Asomugha kind of money, I think he lost terribly.

"The fact that Rex Ryan flew down and talked to Darrelle in Miami had to really set off his agents. I can't believe they signed off on that because I think it gave the team a big advantage."

Video: Tannenbaum talks about Revis

September, 6, 2010
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New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum discusses how the club and cornerback Darrelle Revis reached agreement on a four-year contract extension that makes both sides happy.

Jets secondary reacts to Revis' return

September, 6, 2010
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New York Jets defensive backs were glowing about the return of cornerback Darrelle Revis at Monday's practice. Revis was on the field for the first time since minicamp after agreeing to terms on a new contract late Sunday night.

I'll bring you a sampling of the reaction.

Safety Jim Leonhard on how much Revis means to the defense:
"It's huge. One, you get him back and then just depth. All the rest of us who have been getting so many valuable reps in training camp, they're back in the position where you kind of expected them to play this season. It's going to be huge. We're really looking forward to it. We should be able to do a lot of different things in the secondary."

Right cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Revis being in game shape:
"It will probably take one game. You have to think they're going to throw the ball. He will have to run around a little bit more. He's probably going to play more than 55 to 60 plays. So it's a matter of getting the wind up under you. He probably did a great job of doing conditioning and doing the things that he's supposed to do. He's already in great shape."

First-round draft pick Kyle Wilson, who lost his temporary starting job:
"We're definitely happy he's back. I'm not really sure how else to feel, but definitely proud of him and glad to have him back."

Putting a percentage on what Revis means

September, 6, 2010
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There are multiple ways to quantify Darrelle Revis' importance to the New York Jets.

You can, of course, look at the dollars the Jets are giving the star cornerback with his new contract.

AccuScore had another idea. The sports computation service wanted to find out how much influence Revis would have on the Jets' chances to win the AFC East or earn a wild-card berth.

Based on 10,000 season simulations, AccuScore predicts the Jets have a 36.0 percent chance of winning the division and a 51.5 percent chance of making the playoffs with Revis.

A coin flip to make the playoffs? AccuScore's hard drive must not like that Mark Sanchez data.

Anyway, AccuScore pegged the Jets chances without Revis: 26.2 percent for the division title and 37.8 percent for the playoffs.

That's a major drop. How much would you pay for a player who would improve your odds of success by 10 to 15 percent?

Cris Carter: Darrelle Revis ready from hop

September, 6, 2010
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ESPN analyst and eight-time Pro Bowl receiver Cris Carter spoke with "SportsCenter" on Monday morning about the importance of Darrelle Revis reaching an agreement with the New York Jets before the season opener.

"If you look at the Jets and their relevance in the National Football League for the last 40 years, I mean, when have they been relevant besides that day that Joe Namath gave them?" Carter said.

Carter claimed Revis will be ready to go when the Jets play the Baltimore Ravens on "Monday Night Football" at the Meadowlands.

"He will be in great game shape because he's a professional and that was never, ever questioned," Carter said. "He's always been a guy that loved to train and loved to work out. He loves the game.

"And he's not a big person. He's a skill guy. So a lot of those things, we as skill guys can still do from home, get someone to throw, a lot of guys to run routes for him compared to big people we have seen come into camp. If Brett Favre can do it, as complicated as quarterback is, Darrelle Revis definitely can do it."

Jets can breathe sigh of Darrelle Revis relief

September, 6, 2010
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Everybody associated with the New York Jets -- their players, their management, their fans -- can exhale now.

And the rest of the AFC East may feel free to curse.

All-intergalactic cornerback Darrelle Revis is back. Fittingly, he'll end his 36-day holdout and get back to work on Labor Day.

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AP Photo/Frank Franklin IIDarrelle Revis is ending his holdout and heading back to the Jets.
Late Sunday, just before midnight, the Jets found sweet relief from a contract dispute that had tainted their summer. After knocking heads for seven months, the sides had a breakthrough in negotiations and quickly came to an agreement on a new four-year contract.

"I think I had to medicate the head coach," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said of Rex Ryan's reaction to the deal being struck.

The Jets weren't banking on Revis to be in uniform when they open their season on "Monday Night Football" against the Baltimore Ravens at the Meadowlands -- or any other week.

The Jets spent the offseason loading up for a Super Bowl run, and the front office convinced itself Revis wouldn't be on the team.

"Until it was done," Tannenbaum said on a conference call that began after 1 a.m. Monday morning, "I really didn't think he was going to be here. ... There was no reason to think he would be."

Tannenbaum admitted he had been abusing his Netflix subscription lately to stave boredom. Negotiations with Revis' agents stalled. He had little to discuss about Revis and vanishing hope.

There were fundamental differences. Revis wanted to be the NFL's highest-paid cornerback, but the standard established by the Oakland Raiders with Nnamdi Asomugha distorted the market. Besides, Revis had three years left on his current contract.

"I really wasn't optimistic," Tannenbaum said. "It was really, collectively, a hard set of dynamics. I'm an optimist by nature, but, gosh, this was really hard."

But Revis is their best player, one of the NFL's best at any position. How could they be taken seriously as Super Bowl contenders without him?

They probably couldn't, and the Jets knew it.

That's why Ryan and owner Woody Johnson flew to South Florida on Saturday to meet face-to-face with Revis. Also present were Revis' mother, Diana Gilbert, and his uncle, Sean Gilbert, a former defensive lineman who sat out an entire year in a contract clash with the Washington Redskins. The fact Sean Gilbert was advising his nephew was added reason for pessimism.

Tannenbaum called the South Florida meeting pivotal to striking a deal.

"There's no question that without that step we wouldn't be standing where we are right now," Tannenbaum said.

Revis will show up at the Jets facility Monday to sign the deal. Financial terms haven't been disclosed yet.

But fans probably don't care much about that anymore outside of curiosity over what they were forced to fret over while Revis missed training camp and all four preseason games.

"This is an intermediate step to what we hope will be an entire career of Darrelle as a Jet, for him to retire as a Jet, for him to hopefully go to the Hall of Fame one day as a Jet, to go in our Ring of Honor," Tannenbaum said. "This is the next step in that process."

Now the Jets don't have to find out how their defense will look without him. There were theories either way.

Some analysts felt the Jets would be fine without him, that they'd receive sufficient cornerback play from Antonio Cromartie, first-round draft choice Kyle Wilson and Dwight Lowery. Others, including ESPN analyst Darren Woodson, thought the Jets would suffer and not even make the playoffs.

"Now we can put it behind us," Tannenbaum said, "and move on to Baltimore."

And we can go to bed.

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

September, 6, 2010
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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 ... http://tmi.me/14DRO
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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.

Darrelle Revis' holdout is over

September, 6, 2010
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The New York Jets have reached agreement with cornerback Darrelle Revis on a new contract that will make him fabulously rich and get him on the field in time for opening night.

Jets coach Rex Ryan traveled to Florida to speak with Revis on Saturday. Their meeting apparently went well.

The Jets have confirmed the deal, but aren't saying much more. Revis is scheduled to be at the Jets' facility Monday to make it official.

Details to come shortly.

Rex Ryan makes plea to Darrelle Revis

September, 6, 2010
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New York Daily News beat writer Manish Mehta and ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini reported late Sunday night New York Jets coach Rex Ryan traveled to Florida this weekend to meet with estranged cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The Jets open their season on "Monday Night Football" against the Baltimore Ravens at the Meadowlands.

Cimini, citing two unnamed sources, adds the meeting took place Saturday and there has been no substantive progress in negotiations.

Revis has three years left on his contract. He's scheduled to make a base salary of $1 million, way below his value. But he also has been paid major bonus money already, collecting about $15 million through his first three seasons.

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