Lately, when I've mentioned former Pitt star and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on this site, it hasn't been great news.
Back in 2010, he sulked a bit about a contract issue. While he isn't openly doing that now, he doesn't appear to be happy and the desire for a new contract could be the source of new frustration.This week, Revis made it clear he's not sure if he'll be in training camp on time:
Three weeks after claiming he's happy with his contract, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis fueled a new round of speculation Thursday by refusing to guarantee he will report for the start of training camp.
"I don't know," Revis said after the Jets' OTA practice, becoming testy. "That's all I'm telling you. I don't know if I am or I'm not."
While Revis clearly seemed a bit put off by the contract talk, the good news for Jets fans is that he apparently won't be holding out:
"Here we go with the contract questions," Revis said, smiling. "I'm here and I'll be playing. I'm getting ready for this season; that's all I can do. Anything with my contract, we'll deal with that in the future. Right now, I have to get prepared for this year."
When asked if the contract matter is history, Revis bristled, saying he already had made his feelings clear.
"Whatever you want to write, I'm telling you I'm getting ready for the season," he said. "If something lingers, you'll find out. It'll be in the papers."
Here's the thing, though. Revis is almost guaranteed to be in training camp...here's why:
The current contract includes a clause that prohibits the Jets from using the franchise tag. It also includes a provision that seemingly would dissuade Revis from holding out. If he's a no-show for training camp, it triggers a three-year extension, through 2016, at relatively modest salaries.
If Revis isn't happy about the money he's getting, there's no way he'll want to be locked up for three more years at less than what he thinks he's worth. Revis has been a shutdown corner most of his career in the NFL. You've got to think a deal will get done at some point.