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Jeebus Revis

June 4, 2010

I told a buddy of mine a while ago that I would never want Darrelle Revis on my team.  Why, that’s insane!  Who wouldn’t want the best cornerback in the league on your team?  He neutralizes every great number one receiver in the game, including Randy Moss of the Patriots, against whom your beloved Bills have sucked so bad during the last, well, decade!  I always said it was kind of a long story, so after around five seconds of my explaining the listener would always tune out and either call me an idiot or remark to one of his friends that I was an idiot.  Well, I have my reasons.  And you should too:

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said last month that speculation he would demand $20 million a year was “insane.” But that doesn’t mean he’s happy with his current contract.

In fact, Revis is absent from the Jets’ organized team activities today, and Manish Mehta, the Jets beat writer for the New York Daily News, reports that Revis’s absence is because he’s unhappy with his contractual situation.

Revis is regarded by many as the best cornerback in the league, so it would be reasonable for him to also want to be the highest-paid cornerback in the league. With Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha making more than $15 million per year, Revis likely wants somewhere around the midway point between $15 million and the “insane” $20 million.

And until he gets a hefty raise, Revis may think it’s insane for the Jets to expect him to attend all voluntary workouts.

Yeah, it’s insane.  This isn’t just another case of the I-don’t-like-to-pay-too-much-money-for-a-star-player blues.  My point is that I would hate to be Mike Tannenbaum right now.  He says that he’s committed to signing Revis to a long-term deal “within reason”.   $20 million doesn’t sound like it’s “within reason”, but that’s not really the point, either.  Maybe that’s what the market is drawing, maybe it’s important to lock down the best cornerback in the league, and hell, maybe Darrelle Revis is worth that much.  But these are the facts as I see them:

It’s going to cost the New York Jets a truckload of money to keep Darrelle Revis.

I would never want to be in that position as a GM.  You have this guy who everybody says is the best corner in the league.  Your fan base loves him.  Like, really loves him (pretty hard to color in Alaska using Paint, isn’t it?).  If you let him go, your fan base hates you, and then every time a number one receiver catches a touchdown against you the next year, you hear “Darrelle Revis would have never let that happen.”  And, if perchance you’re not that good the next year, you’ll probably get fired.  So letting him go is out of the question.  But then you have to pay him a gazillion dollars and use up a whole lot of cap space on a cornerback.  Yes, a guy who takes one player out of the game.  Granted, that’s a big deal, but he’s still a cornerback.

I would just never want to be in that situation to start with.  Hell, you’re still paying this guy wads of cash not to play.  Sucks for the Jets, but I’ve no sympathy for them because they went to the AFC title game last year.  Maybe they can afford to overpay their players.  “Not I”, said the duck.

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