Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Agent: Jets, Revis have made 'major, substantial progress' in talks
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Jets and first-round draft
pick Darrelle Revis were closing in on a deal Tuesday night that
would end the touted cornerback's lengthy training camp holdout.
"We've made major, substantial progress," Revis' agent, Neil
Schwartz, told The Associated Press. "We're working on it right
Schwartz was at the Jets' headquarters at Hofstra University
late Tuesday night discussing a deal with general manager Mike
Tannenbaum. Schwartz was uncertain if an agreement would be struck
sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday.
"That, I don't know," Schwartz said. "I don't want to put the
cart before the horse, but we're working. We're making progress."
About an hour after Tannenbaum, Schwartz and his partner,
Jonathan Feinsod, released a joint statement that said talks were
moving along, the Jets general manager met briefly with the media.
"We have some more work to do, but I'm optimistic," Tannenbaum
said. "Neil's here and we're committed to seeing this thing
through. So, barring something unforeseen, hopefully we'll have a
resolution here soon."
Tannenbaum said Revis was not present during the negotiations,
and wouldn't speculate whether the cornerback would be signed in
time to practice Wednesday afternoon.
"It could happen," Tannenbaum said. "It's certainly a
possibility, but I don't want to mislead you and say that's
certainly going to happen."
Revis, taken 14th overall after New York traded up to select
him, became the Jets' first unsigned pick at the start of training
camp since linebacker James Farrior in 1997. He has missed 21
practices and the team's preseason opener last Friday against
Atlanta since camp opened July 27.
The holdup in the negotiations reportedly stemmed from the
length of the contract. The Jets are looking to sign Revis to a
six-year deal, while the cornerback wants a five-year contract.
"I wouldn't comment on that," Tannenbaum said when asked if
the sides came up with an agreement on the length of the deal.
Once he signs, the Jets expect Revis to compete for the starting
job at right cornerback, a position Justin Miller, David Barrett,
Hank Poteat and Drew Coleman all took turns at last season. He
could also serve as the team's punt returner.
Revis was considered one of the best overall cornerbacks in the
draft, and had an outstanding college career at Pittsburgh,
finishing with 129 tackles and eight interceptions.
"Neil's been great," Tannenbaum said. "We've had a lot of
dialogue, a lot of meetings, a lot of communication and it's just
been both sides committed to trying to do something that's good for
If Revis signs soon, the only first-round holdout would be top
overall pick JaMarcus Russell, the LSU quarterback selected by