Thursday, May 10, 2012
Revis says he's "cool" with contract
By Rich Cimini
Three weeks after hinting he might stage a training-camp holdout, CB Darrelle Revis said all the right things Thursday about his contract situation.
Revis said "let's quit talking about holding out," claiming his focus is on the team. Asked point-blank if he's happy with his current contract, which is playing him $7.5 million this season, Revis replied: "Yeah, I'm cool. I signed it two years ago. I'm not unhappy about nothing."
Revis said his agents haven't had any discussions with the Jets, but he's thought to be seeking a new contract.
In September, 2010, following a 35-day holdout, Revis signed a four-year, $46 million contract, basically a one-year extension to his rookie deal. Both sides had hoped to work out a long-term extension, but they couldn't get anywhere close to an agreement, so they settled for what was described as a "Band-Aid" deal.
Revis made $32.5 million the last two seasons, which is a very nice Band-Aid, but now there are rumblings he wants a new deal that will continue to pay him an average of $16 million per year. The Jets aren't likely to re-work his deal.
Meanwhile, TE Dustin Keller, entering the final year of his rookie contract, said there have been no substantive discussions regarding a new deal.
"We'll see as time goes on," Keller said. "Previous guys have gotten theirs done around camp time. We'll see what happens."
In recent years, core players such as D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and David Harris have received new deals before or during training camp.