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Darrelle Revis Will Play Next Monday Against Ravens, Won't Come Off The Field?

Darrelle Revis apparently kept himself in pretty good shape during his holdout from the New York Jets because their current gameplan is to act like he has been with the team the whole time.

According to a couple of Twitter updates from the Jets' official Twitter page, the cornerback will play on Monday night - and apparently will get the start as well.

"I don't see him coming off the field," Jets coach Rex Ryan said.

The Jets will also release cornerback Brian Jackson and bring back fullback Tony Richardson now that they have enough defensive backs with Revis back on board.


Jets, Darrelle Revis Agree To Contract

After months of bickering, negotiating, and a TV show, the Darrelle Revis saga is over: he will play for the New York Jets next season.

Via the AP:

“It not has only been hard on u guys, but it has for me too,” Revis wrote on his Twitter page early Monday morning. “I just want to tell yall that I’m sorry for this process and I can’t wait to get back on the field.”

The Jets wouldn’t disclose financial terms of the deal, but the Daily News reported it was worth $46 million, including $32 million guaranteed.

Revis is on his way to New York to sign the contract – now the team will get to work on making sure the league’s best – though as of yet, not highest-paid, at least with this contract – cornerback can get back to work by next Monday’s season opener against Baltimore.


Calls Situation a 'Slap In The Face' To Revis

When you’re being attacked, you can always count on your grandmother to come to your defense.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini went hunting for Darrelle Revis in Aliquippa, Pa., recently. He did not find him, but he did find Revis’ grandmother, Aileen Gilbert. And she gave Cimini an earful in defense of her grandson.

“Darrelle does what he does because he loves it,” she said, sitting at her dining-room table. "For this to be happening to him, it’s almost like a slap in the face, because he’s not appreciated.

“I know he wants to play, but Darrelle understands contract negotiations,” she said, wearing the local school’s colors — an orange Aliquippa High T-shirt. "Some players don’t get it, but Darrelle can read a contract. I think he’s comfortable with his decision [to hold out] because he knows what he was told by the Jets and he knows what he’s worth.

“People are trying to portray him as greedy, but he has outperformed his contract,” she continued. “For them to put him in this position is just unreal.”

Take that Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum. Do not mess with a ticked off grandma.


Report: New York Jets, Darrelle Revis Expect To Come To Terms On Contract Before Season Opener

The updates are becoming less ‘update’ and more ‘speculation’, but in the interest of staying on top of this story, I bring you the most recent update in the Darrelle Revis holdout via AOL FanHouse.

A week after a source told FanHouse the sides were “almost there,” the same source relayed to FanHouse on Tuesday that the talks are complicated but still progressing, and that both sides believe they will have a deal done before the Jets open the season on Monday, Sept. 13 against the Ravens.

It would certainly be ideal for Revis to sign before the regular season opener, but at what cost?

It’s unclear what the deal will eventually look like, but sources tell FanHouse that they believe it will have to set some sort of record in order to reflect Revis’ belief, and the team’s corresponding assertions, that he is the league’s best cornerback.

That could mean a deal that pays Revis more per year than the $15.1 million Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha makes, though the Jets have balked at that in the past on the belief that Asomugha’s deal is not reflective of where the top of the market should be. So potential compromises could include a deal that’s the longest ever given to a corner, or the most in terms of total value, etc. The details are complicated because there’s much to be ironed out in terms of guaranteed money and how the deal is to be structured around a potential 2011 lockout, but conversations are ongoing, and it does appear likely that the situation will get settled in time for the regular season.

As has been par for the course, even though it seems the deal is closer than it has been all season, it could still be a long way off.

“There are a lot of different possibilities still in play,” the source said of the likely final structure of the deal.


'Nothing's Happening' In Revis Negotiations

Pro Football Talk is wondering which side will cave in the Darrelle Revis vs. the New York Jets contract saga.

Right now, nothing is getting done. Meaning the Jets are staring at heading into the season with a defense depleted by the loss of Revis and the injury to Calvin Pace. From PFT:

The truth is that nothing’s happening. They’re not close. They’re not talking.

It’s not about total dollars. It’s about guaranteed money. As in truly and fully guaranteed money.

If the two sides ever can strike a deal on fully guaranteed money, the rest of the deal will fall into place quickly.

But before that can happen, someone will have to cave. And before the season begins, the Jets would be the most likely to flinch. Once the season starts, it’ll hinge on whether the Jets can shut down the Ravens, the Patriots, and the Dolphins without Revis.

If they can’t, it could be Emmit Smith and the 1993 Cowboys all over again, with the team writing the check for the amount the player wants. If the Jets can win without Revis, it could be Sean Gilbert and the 1998 Redskins, with the player sitting out the whole season.

I still can’t believe that the Jets, with Super Bowl aspirations, have allowed this to happen with their best player.


Cowlishaw's Mea Culpa

Give Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw kudos for integrity. He was wrong about Darrelle Revis signing with the New York Jets on Wednesday, and he has now stood up and accepted responsibility for reporting bad information.

“Revis and Jets announce new deal probably Wednesday. You heard it here first. Inside information!”

If I could take those 15 words I sent out into the Twitter world Sunday afternoon, if I could take a do-over on the matter of Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets, I would type:

“I think Revis and Jets get contract done sooner rather than later — probably this week, maybe even Wednesday.”

Even though he was wrong, Cowlishaw showed why he's widely respected by his NFL reporting peers.


Reporter Who Started Revis Wednesday Circus Backtracks

Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News is backing away from his prediction that Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets would announce a new contract today.

At about 6 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Cowlishaw tweeted, "Have I said lately I was originally told “wednesday or saturday” on Revis but I shortened it for twitter? Now seems like good time."

Actually, it seems like the good time to mention that would have been Sunday, when Cowlishaw got all this started. And it would be nice to know what else the source originally told Cowlishaw that Cowlishaw left out because it was shortened for Twitter.

Cowlishaw did acknowledge in a blog post on Monday that he had been told “Wednesday or Saturday.” But he added that “I felt like ‘probably Wednesday’ was the most accurate information I could provide at the time.” So Cowlishaw seems to have changed his mind since Monday, when he thought the deal would be announced Wednesday.

Attaboy, Tim! Blame Twitter. You know, you can use multiple tweets to give out all the information. On top of which, predicting the exact day was pretty stupid in the first place.


SI's Banks: Revis Will Win Standoff With Jets

Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks has taken an interesting stance on Darrelle Revis vs. the New York Jets.

He says that, in the end, Revis will win this confrontation. Why? Because the Jets have given him all the cards.

I’ve come around to that way of thinking because whenever I talked to league sources about the Revis holdout over the course of the past three or four weeks, the near unanimous opinion offered was that in time the Jets would cave and meet most of his demands.

Why? Because when you step back and assess the dynamics of this stand off, one thing becomes abundantly clear: New York, wearing its win-now sense of urgency for all to see on its green and white sleeves, needs Revis more than Revis needs New York.

Normally that’s not the case in terms of how much leverage one key starter holds over a club’s season, but these are far from normal days for the glory-seeking Jets. This is a team that’s hellbent on getting it done — and we’re talking the whole enchilada, not just another step up the playoff ladder — in 2010.

Given all that has been invested in the Jets taking their best possible shot at winning a Super Bowl this season, how could they do anything but somehow find a way to satisfy their best player? Getting everything but Revis done and back on the field this year would be like planning an elaborate surprise birthday party for your spouse and then forgetting to buy a cake. That should have been one of the first steps, not the last.

I have to agree with Banks on this one. With all their bluster, and with everything the Jets have riding on making this a ‘Super’ season, they can’t afford to have Revis watching on television rather than defending his Island.


Nothing New On Revis, Except Tim Cowlishaw's Sweat

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said today it’s “status quo” on the Darrelle Revis contract saga.


Deal Would Be For 10 Years

The Darrelle Revis rumor mill is in high gear this morning, what with today being the day Dallas Morning News reporter Tim Cowlishaw insists Revis and the New York Jets will come to an agreement.

Latest word is that Revis is about to sign a 10-year, $150 million deal.

Stay tuned. I am sure this is not the final Revis story we will be posting today.


Trying To Make Sense Of The Revis Situation

Pro Football Talk does its best to make sense of the Darrelle Revis Soap Opera, otherwise referred to as the contract negotiations beween Revis and the New York Jets.

PFT lays out four possibilities, and concludes with this summary:

It’s one of the strangest stories we’ve encountered in more than 10 years in an often strange business. And if it ends up that the situation is resolved before the clock strikes 12 on Wednesday night, we’re confident that the truth will be that either Revis or Johnson abruptly told the people who work for them to let it be written, and to let it be done.

Stay tuned. Right now the water is still murky in this situation, and we will try to have it for you if the picture clears up at all.


Report: Darrelle Revis, Jets 'Almost There' on New Contract

The ongoing Darrelle Revis negotiations with the New York Jets appear to be coming to a close, as AOL FanHouse is now also reporting that a deal could be done soon.

-[O]ne source close to the situation told FanHouse on Tuesday that the star cornerback’s long-awaited contract extension with the team is “almost there” and could be finalized and announced in the coming days.

As reported earlier in this StoryStream, Tim Cowlishaw also suggested that the Jets and Revis were close to a deal – something FanHouse corroborates.

Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw claimed via Twitter over the weekend that Revis and the Jets were closing in on a deal and that it could be announced as early as Wednesday. Back-channel sources spent much of the early part of the week denying that report, but Cowlishaw stood by his story. FanHouse’s source said Tuesday that the Cowlishaw report was accurate, that the two sides were planning to meet Tuesday night and that the negotiations had progressed to the point where the deal could be announced in the coming days.

Oh, and as far as Mangold’s deal possibly hurting Darrelle Revis and his contract demands – seems, if anything, it might have been a smokescreen while the Revis deal was finished.

FanHouse’s source theorized that the mutual vow of silence was the reason for the back-channel denials of Cowlishaw’s Twitter report, and went so far as to speculate that information about center Nick Mangold’s new contract was leaked, at least in part, to help smokescreen the Revis deal as it neared completion but remained in a delicate state.

The only unfortunate thing about this is that we will have to wait until next week to see how it shakes out on Hard Knocks.


Does Mangold's Deal Hurt Revis?

Well, Tim Cowlishaw — who has been saying Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets will announce a deal Wednesday — might disagree, but AOL Fanhouse is wondering if Nick Mangold’s new deal with the Jets hurts Revis.

Mangold reported to training camp on time without the contract extension because he didn’t want to miss any practice time. At the time, he admitted he wasn’t happy about not having a deal done but being on the field was more important to him. According to reports, his new contract includes $24 million in “rolling” guarantees, but Revis is pining for a fully guaranteed contract. The Jets have now locked up two of the “Core Four” who are left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, linebacker David Harris, Mangold and Revis. The Jets reached agreement with Ferguson back in early July on a six-year, $60 million extension. Now Revis and Harris are the only two remaining and Harris’ agent already has come out publicly to say he doesn’t expect his client to get a new contract until after the season because of the uncertain labor situation.

What this all means is that the ball is back in Revis’ court, and the only leverage he currently has is the question marks surrounding New York’s secondary without him in there. New York Giants rookie wide receiver Victor Cruz, an unheralded and undrafted rookie camp invite, burned just about every Jets cornerback on the field to the tune of three touchdown catches in the Monday night preseason opener at the New Meadowlands a week ago. Scenes like that only magnify the importance of getting Revis into camp, but as of right now, it adds up to fewer chips on his end of the table and than on the Jets.

I’m not sure what any of it means. I just know that the Jets need Revis on the field to get where they want to go.


Mangold To Be League's Highest-Paid Center

The next New York Jet to get a long-term contract won’t be Darrelle Revis, the holdout cornerback. It appears that it will be all-Pro center Nick Mangold.

The Star-Ledger is reporting that the Jets and Mangold have agreed to a deal that will make Mangold the highest-paid center in the NFL.

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