The 2010 season of HBO’s Hard Knocks featured the storyline of Darrelle Revis’ holdout. He was never shown in an episode, but his absence did not go unnoticed. He missed all of training camp, but was rewarded with a new contract just before the season started. Two years later, Revis and the New York Jets could once again be at odds over his deal. When asked by a New York Daily News reporter whether or not he’ll report for training camp, Revis replied with, “I don’t know”. ProFootBallTalk’s Michael David Smith summed up the issues facing Revis and the Jets:
The four-year contract Revis signed two years ago paid him $32.5 million in the first two years, but he’s set to make only (only?) $13.5 million over the next two years. At the time he signed that deal, he made clear that he didn’t think a player of his stature should settle for $6.75 million a year, which is what he’ll average in 2012 and 2013.
ProFootBallTalk predicted that this would happen shortly after the deal was agreed to two years ago:
With Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis set to earn $32.5 million in 2010 and 2011 combined and then only (only?) $13.5 million in 2012 and 2013 combined, we firmly believe that Revis will be holding out again two years from now, absent a true retirement contract from the Jets.
Asked by [Sports Illustrated’s] King whether Revis could hold out again after the first two years of the deal, Revis said, “That’s a great question. If I continue to play ball like I usually do, we’ll probably be back at that same position we were this year.”
Revis has maintained his status as one of the game’s top defenders. To keep him happy, the Jets will have to pay him at a level that reflects that status.