According to a report from Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, relations between Jets management and star cornerback Darelle Revis have cooled significantly as talks continue on a possible contract extension.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that general manager Mike Tannenbaum has grown tired of the negotiations as he has repeatedly refused to meet with Revis’ agents. This refusal makes plenty of sense given what was at stake if Revis didn’t show up to camp – under the rules of the new CBA the $18 million signing bonus Revis received would be forfeited if he decided to hold out.
So what’s next in this little affair? Probably nothing more this offseason. Revis will play in 2012 and has one more year under contract after that. This frosty relationship will need to get a lot warmer by then if the Jets wish to keep the best ballhawk in the game – he’ll be 28 when he hits free agency and due to a clause in his contract Revis cannot be franchise tagged. At that age and with his ability any contract he signs prior to the 2014 season is almost guaranteed to be the largest for a defensive back in NFL history – something the Jets must work to avoid at all costs.