If being the highest paid cornerback in the NFL is so important to Darrelle Revis, then maybe he should switch places with Nnamdi Asomugha. I’m sure Asomugha wouldn’t mind making a little less for the chance to play for a Super Bowl-caliber team.
In some respects, you can’t blame Revis for playing hardball with the Jets – a team that has always been regarded as a cheap organization. But considering they’re not being cheap when it comes to his new contract, what more does he want from them?
They offered him a contract that would have made him a Jet for life. But he rejected it. They also offered him a short-term, Band-aid fix and the opportunity to talk again at the end of the season about a long-term deal.
But he didn’t want that either.
Even though the Jets offered him a deal that would have made him the highest paid defender in team history, it’s still not enough for Revis, who has decided not to report to camp until he receives what he wants. And what he wants is not only a new deal, but to also be the highest paid cornerback in the league. That means that the Jets will have to come up with more than the $15.1 million a year that the Raiders are currently paying Asomugha.
Let’s rewind. The Jets are willing to make Revis a very, very rich man and set him up with a long-term deal, but because the contract won’t make him the highest paid in the league, he doesn’t want it.
Now, is he worth it? Yes, he’s worth it. He’s coming off one of the best seasons the league has ever seen from a cornerback and if there were a sliding scale for salaries in the NFL, he’d make the most at his position. He’s also the most important player in Rex Ryan’s defense because he can defend an opponents’ No. 1 receiver one-on-one. (Most teams put their best corner on an opponents’ No. 2 receiver and double-team their No. 1.)
But I’ve got news for Revis: in the NFL, someone will always make more. Al Davis gave gave Asomugha a ridiculous contract, and the Jets are under no obligation to beat it. The Rams just gave Sam Bradford $50 million in guarantees, which is more guaranteed money than what Peyton Manning signed for a couple of years ago. Rookie Joe Haden just signed a five-year, $50 million deal with the Browns that also included $26 million in guarantees and he has yet to line up against Reggie Wayne once.
That’s just the way things work in the NFL – the last one paid makes the most. So even if the Jets paid Revis $15.2 million a year, at some point another player will make more. That’s the way the league has operated for over a decade and that’s the way it’ll continue to operate until the league can figure out a way to restructure contracts.
After nearly making it to the Super Bowl last season, it appears that the Jets’ best player has come down with a major case of the “me’s.” I don’t know what the exact figures are, but the Jets seem willing to come close to Asomugha’s salary, so shouldn’t that be enough? Or would Revis rather switch places with Asomugha and have the opportunity to make a little more, but lose 10-12 games every year?
It’s pretty disturbing when a player cares more about a moniker than he does about winning.