The New York Jets are blaming the holdout by star cornerback Darrelle Revis on Oakland owner Al Davis.
From Pro Football Talk.
The Jets front office will work furiously to solve a standoff without an easy solution, only easy scapegoats. Behind the scenes, the Jets have continued to peddle the line that it’s all Al Davis’ fault for the monster contract he gave Nnamdi Asomugha in 2009.
“In our league, we let one man’s stupidity ruin it,” the G.M. said. "I would just say, ’I’m not acknowledging it. It’s Al Davis. We are not doing that deal. If you want that deal, do what [Asomugha] did to get it. Wait until you become an unrestricted free agent.’ "
The Jets have handled it this way, saying they won’t go along with Davis’ market-setting deal. But how far above market is $15 million-per-season? The Broncos are willingly paying Champ Bailey $12.5 million this year on the downside of his career.
The better argument is that Revis hasn’t hit free agency, so he can’t expect to be paid like a free agent. Quietly blaming Al Davis just distracts the Jets’ culpability.