August 25th, 2010 at 11:35 AM ^

What was the original contract that the Jets were willing to offer?  I know he simply wanted to be the highest paid player at his position...I am just wondering how far the team had to come off their number to get this deal done. 

Also, anybody have a clue on the incentives that need to be completed for him to get the other $80M

  Assuming games played/started, etc.?


August 25th, 2010 at 11:35 AM ^

I almost always think it's extremely selfish of a player to hold out, but in this case when your the top corner in the game and you aren't even making a million dollars I can understand why he was upset.


August 25th, 2010 at 11:43 AM ^

It's not like he was going to continue making less than a million dollars a season.  He was going to get paid.  I still think it is pretty selfish...especially to be the highest paid player in the league at the position.  I agree that he is probably in the top couple corners right now, but taking $15M a year on a decent team doesn't seem as good to me as taking $10M a year on a true Super Bowl contender.

Maximinus Thrax

August 25th, 2010 at 11:50 AM ^

Think about it as if it were your job.  Let's say that somebody in your exact position, at another branch office for the sake of argument,  who is widely known as being significantly inferior in terms of performance to you, were making approximately sixteen times your annual salary.  Would you be ok if your boss were to come up and say "oh, don't worry.  after this year, and for the next couple of years, he will only be making one third more than you." 


August 25th, 2010 at 11:59 AM ^

I understand your point and agree with it, but at the same time look at how David Harris and LaMarr Woodley handled their contract issues. 

Most office jobs are at will employment, meaning you are free to leave whenever you desire.  In the NFL you are under contract.  The point Harris and Woodley have made is that when you agree to provide a service at a stated rate, you should fulfill that agreement.

Maximinus Thrax

August 25th, 2010 at 12:17 PM ^

On the other hand, if the Steelers for whatever reason decide to get rid of Woodley 2 yrs. into a 5 yr. contract, he is left in the cold.  That is why guys like Revis want to get paid now.  They realize that three years down the road, the cumulative effect of injuries or whatever could permanently sideline them.  Revis will be in a much better position now should that happen to him, making whatever he will be making this year, rather than the $1,000,000 he would have made.


August 25th, 2010 at 1:03 PM ^

you KNOW that there will be guys making more than you, and that if you blow up you may be underpaid. Most of us don't have written employment contracts with spelled out salaries for the next 5 years, so regular jobs vs. athletes can't be compared. However, to play out your scenario, I'd ask for a raise, and if I was still underpaid, after having my initial say to my boss, I'd shut my mouth and bide the time until my contract was over. I would never withhold employment, since then I'm cheating everyone on my team. Then I would leave the company and not give them a chance to retain me since they didn't step up at the time. That is the honorable and right thing to do.


August 25th, 2010 at 11:49 AM ^

He signed a 6 year, $30 million contract with $11 million guaranteed as a rookie. What exactly does he have to be upset about?

It isn't the Jets' job to outpay what Al Davis stupidly gave to Nnamdi Asomugha, best corner or not.

Zone Left

August 25th, 2010 at 12:06 PM ^

NFL teams don't have to honor anything beyond the guaranteed money portion of a contract.  They can cut players whenever they wish for whatever reason.  Why should players be held to a different standard?


August 25th, 2010 at 12:17 PM ^

You're right, but 1) $11 million isn't exactly a pittance to begin with, and 2) it isn't like Woody Johnson and Tannenbaum haven't offered him a huge conract already. The reason he isn't signed is because he wants more money than Asomugha, and what he got isn't really the Jets' problem. The whole ego angle of Revis' position is ridiculous, and he still would be set for 10 lifetimes if he got off of his high horse and signed for $120 million and $40 million guaranteed.


August 25th, 2010 at 5:07 PM ^

honor more than the guaranteed amount. Guaranteed money IMO is bad for the sport, and contributing heavily to the deterioration of all the fundamental play that we see. When guys say that the NFL should have 100% guaranteed money like other sports I say, why? There is not one person reading this blog that has any guarantee whatsoever that they will have a job either at their company or in their chosen industry next year. You have to earn it every single day, not just at the end of the contract. Non-guaranteed money is actually the right thing IMO. 


August 25th, 2010 at 5:22 PM ^

Case in Point:  Albert Haynesworth.  Never have I seen someone go from all world DT, to journeyman, to complete bust in the span of two years since he got paid!  It was an embarrassment that he couldn't pass his fitness test...Mike freaking Golic showed him up and passed it.  This guy "earned" the contract he signed?  Give me a break...


August 25th, 2010 at 11:58 AM ^

I do and I don't agree with holdouts.  A player like Revis, should get paid what he deserves, has the right to holdout for a new contract; even though I do agree it can have a negative effect on the team.  Hypothetical----what if Revis has a horrible year, doesn't play well and that continues to play poorly in years to come?...........It can be a little unfair that the Team ( also the Fans), have less options out there for trying to pay him less money.  


I'll be happier with the NFL when there is a rookie pay scale!

Maximinus Thrax

August 25th, 2010 at 12:13 PM ^

NFL teams have more options than MLB teams, or NBA teams.  If Revis really starts to suck five years down the road, the Jets can cut him and not have to pay him whatever is left on the contract (apart from the guaranteed piece).  As we have seen in the case of Bonderman, Willis, Sheffield, Robertson, etc. on the Tigers, MLB teams are on the hook for every cent of the contracts that they sign.