As the Darrelle Revis contract saga drags along to live another day, a wrench has been thrown into the works that could further strain the relationship between the Jets and their star cornerback. According to a report from ESPN, sources have stated that the Jets will enforce a stipulation in his contract that he attend the voluntary workouts starting April 15 in order to receive $3 million in bonuses.
Even though they may trade him before or during the April 25 draft, the Jets plan to enforce language in the star cornerback’s contract that requires him to participate in the voluntary workouts to collect bonus money, sources said.
Revis has been rehabbing his surgically repaired knee with his personal trainer in Arizona and, with an uncertain future, he’d prefer to stay there at least through the draft to focus on his rehab and avoid a potentially uncomfortable situation, according to sources.
When Revis renegotiated his contract in 2010, following his second holdout in three years, he agreed to a clause that requires his attendance in all offseason activities — even non-mandatory workouts, sources said.
If Revis doesn’t participate in approximately 80 percent of the workouts, he will forfeit not only a $1 million workout bonus, but two other bonuses — a $1 million roster bonus (triggered March 17, but payable at a later date) and a $1 million reporting bonus at the start of training camp.
Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.comI love what Revis has done and what he has been able to bring to this team in shutting down one half of a football field but in that same breath, the contract holdouts have become a monotonous theme that just about everyone reading this is tired of discussing year in and year out.
We can look at this two ways: The first is that the Jets want to see Revis in action, and not just receive updates from ‘Zona, to more accurately assess his progress and determine if a trade or re-signing is feasible. The other, and what I think this ultimately boils down to, is if Revis is going to play hardball for whatever amount of time he has left in a Jets uniform then the Jets are going to return the favor and make him earn his pay.