As the offseason period winds down and with rookie camp underway, Jets fans can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief. With growing speculation that Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis would stage yet another holdout during New York’s training camp, it appears as if the man who goes by the moniker of ‘Revis Island’ is content with his contract situation.
"Yeah, I'm cool, said Revis of his current deal. “I signed it two years ago. I'm not unhappy about nothing."
When probed by reporters about a possible contract standoff Revis replied “let’s quit talking about holding out.”
Between the arrival of backup quarterback Tim Tebow and the black cloud hovering over Gang Green’s fractured locker room, Revis is willing to put contract talks on the backburner for fear of creating yet another distraction. The Jets are no strangers to contract disputes as Revis’ 2010 holdout forced him to miss the entire training camp period and all four of New York’s preseason contests.
Both sides are hoping to avoid a similar scenario playing out this year. While it looks as though disaster has been averted for the immediate future, Revis’ long-term outlook in Green-and-White is far from certain.
A key cog in Rex Ryan’s defense schemes Revis is to the Jets as Tom Brady is to the Patriots. While cornerbacks are not valued at the level quarterbacks are on the NFL’s pay scale, Revis is a game-changer on the defensive side of the ball.
It’s hard to imagine that the Jets front office would allow the team’s most talented player to test the waters of free agency following the 2013 season, but the two sides have yet to agree to terms on the parameters of a long-term deal.
As New York’s depth chart takes shape this summer, it looks as though Revis will remain the focal point of a vaunted defense aiming to return to elite status this season.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @rlaughland
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