Friday, July 20, 2012
Updated: July 21, 7:43 PM ET
Source: No holdout for Darrelle Revis
ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- Darrelle Revis is planning to show up for training camp.
A league source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini that
the New York Jets' All-Pro cornerback expects to report with the rest of his teammates next Thursday in Cortland, N.Y., rather than hold out in a contract dispute for the second time in three summers.
Revis said last month during minicamp that he was unsure if he would report for training camp while looking for the Jets to rework the $46 million, four-year deal he signed in 2010.
Revis would've forfeited a $1 million reporting bonus by not showing up. He would've been fined $30,000 per day, according to the new CBA. Also, the Jets could've gone after the $1 million roster bonus that was paid to Revis in March.
He's due to make $7.5 million this year -- a $4.5 million base, the $1 million roster bonus, plus the $1 million reporting payout and a $1 million workout bonus he's already been paid.
During a youth football clinic in his hometown of Aliquippa, Pa., Revis told the Beaver County Times that "I don't know" if he'll be at training camp and added: "That's up to (general manager) Mike Tannenbaum."
But Revis has decided to attend camp, which AP had earlier reported, citing a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been made public.
The 27-year-old Revis, generally considered to be the best cornerback in the NFL, is due to earn $13.5 million during the next two years after the deal was front-loaded with $32.5 million in the first two years.
While Revis tried to deflect contract talk during the offseason, saying at one point that he was "cool" with his current deal, it is believed the cornerback thought the team promised it would re-visit the situation this year.
Jets coach Rex Ryan told the AP on Thursday that he expected Revis to report to camp on time. "If he's not, then it's my job to coach," Ryan said.
It appears Ryan will not have to worry about missing the cornerstone of his defense, as he did two years ago when Revis' holdout was a primary story line during the team's appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks."
After a contentious 36-day holdout, Revis and his agents agreed with the Jets on a four-year deal.
"This is an intermediate step to what we hope is an entire career of Darrelle as a Jet," Tannenbaum said at the time, "for him to retire a Jet, for him to hopefully go to the Hall of Fame one day as a Jet and for him to be in our ring of honor."
One major deterrent in the contract might have helped Revis make his decision. If he skipped camp, the current deal would be automatically extended by three years. The daily fines for not being at the mandatory camp and the potential public backlash might have also played a role.
Revis, drafted No. 14 overall by New York in 2007, has been selected to four straight Pro Bowls and has 18 interceptions in five seasons.