Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Revis returns, but contract issues remain
By Tim Graham
Darrelle Revis is back with the New York Jets.
Five days after declining to participate in a voluntary workout because he was upset about his contract situation, ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini reports Revis returned Tuesday morning for a session that was closed to the media.
Revis, an All-Pro and runner-up for defensive player of the year, wants to be the league's highest-paid cornerback.
Revis' drama is just a portion of the contractual problems the Jets' front office is facing this offseason.
National Football Post president Andrew Brandt, who handled contracts for the Green Bay Packers, recently wrote an analysis of the Jets' delicate personnel issues.
The Jets need to find a way to pay Revis, All-Pro center Nick Mangold, Pro Bowl left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, leading tackler David Harris and defensive end Shaun Ellis -- and probably a few others -- who want new deals with the Super Bowl a legitimate possibility.
As Cimini pointed out a couple weeks ago, 11 of the Jets' top 28 players are entering contract years.
Brandt provides insight on the subtleties of the Jets' contract concerns, including the role of head coach Rex Ryan, a noted player's coach who must remain aligned with management.