First things first - we'll be grouping together all of our posts on Pitt players currently in the pros at our new hub here. It's on the front page a little farther down, but just wanted to point it out. Check it out for all of our articles related to former Pitt guys and gals playing professionally. /endcheapplug
Okay, so a couple of years ago, former Pitt star Darrelle Revis became famous/infamous for quitting in the middle of a mini-camp practice due to contract disputes. Now, it seems his next contract demands could force the Jets' collective hand.
The team's owner, Woody Johnson, is reportedly interested in at least taking offers for the star. Here's the deal: The Jets are already about $19 million over the cap for this upcoming season with Revis due to make $6 million. But the bigger issue is that this is the last year of his deal and despite suffering a significant knee injury, he could still want a boatload of money for his next deal.
Then the obvious question comes up - Why not franchise him? Unfortunately for the Jets, his current deal doesn't allow for that. The team really would have little choice but to agree to terms with him on what is expected to be a large amount or lose him to free agency.
New York has a difficult decision here. When healthy, Revis is without question one of the best corners in the league. But with so much money already committed to key players, some sacrifices would have to be made. Plus, coming off of a knee injury, there's a level of risk there. On the flipside, if you want to deal him, his stock is down now after the injury.
Tough, tough call for New York to make here. I think you've got to do what you can to sign him to a reasonable amount. But if the demands are too steep, better to just cut ties with him. Despite what they may think, the Jets aren't that close to winning a Super Bowl. It may be best to go through some minor rebuilding and pick up a few draft picks. Even if the Jets can't get fair market value, it's better than seeing him walk at the end of next year.