Thursday, May 27, 2010
The latest on Mark's knee, Revis' contract
By Rich Cimini
Sneaky fellow, that Mark Sanchez.
During Thursday's OTA practice, Sanchez snuck into an 11-on-11 drill for one play. As you know, the young QB, three months removed from knee surgery, is being held out of team drills as he completes his recovery. Basically, he's limited to individual drills and seven-on-seven sessions, although the coaches say he's always lobbying for more time.
Rex Ryan said he did a double-take Thursday when he look at the offense huddle and saw No. 6 standing with the starters.
"Whoa, what's he doing?" Ryan asked offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Relax, Schottenheimer replied, it's only a running play.
From all indications, Sanchez is on schedule in his rehab and he expects to be 100% by training camp. There's still a chance he will be able to participate in the June 14-16 minicamp, although, considering the team's ultra-conservative approach with his knee, it's not a gimme that he'll take part. He may have to resort to more quarterback sneaks.
In limited action, Sanchez is moving relatively well. He doesn't seem inhibited at all by his surgically repaired knee, but he hasn't faced a "live" pass rush and hasn't had to make quick, sharp cuts.
Sanchez had Ryan laughing during a red-zone drill. He threw a pass to Jerricho Cotchery that should've been intercepted, but it went through the hands of rookie CB Kyle Wilson.
"Sanchez was like, 'Oooh, I thought the rookie had me,'" Ryan said. "I thought that was interesting: The rookie. I'm like, 'You're the rookie.'"
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CB Darrelle Revis said there has been no progress in his contract negotiations. Just last week, he said his agents were considering a counter-proposal from the Jets. The two sides apparently are far apart.
"We're still going through things and digesting what's going on," Revis said.
This is going to be a fascinating negotiation. The Jets have Revis for three more years at $21 million, but he clearly has outperformed that contract. The Jets recognize that, and now it's a matter of agreeing on a number. Revis wants to be the highest-paid cornerback (Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders is tops at $15.1 million per year), so we can assume he's asking for at least that much. Thing is, some people around the league regard the Asomugha contract as an aberration. It's uncertain how the Jets regard the Asomugha contract.