Now, the agents for All-Pro Darrelle Revis hope to serve up a new contract for the New York Jets’ star cornerback.
Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod met with general manager Mike Tannenbaum and director of football administration Ari Nissim last Friday, and offered them a written proposal to try to make some headway in the contract dispute.
Revis has missed nine days, including Monday, since the team reported for training camp at SUNY Cortland.
During the meeting at the Roscoe Diner in Roscoe, N.Y., Schwartz and Feinsod presented an offer to present to owner Woody Johnson.
”We’re waiting to hear their response,” Schwartz told The Associated Press on Monday.
Schwartz said the HBO and NFL Films crew from ”Hard Knocks,” which is filming the Jets during training camp, asked to attend the meeting. Schwartz and Feinsod declined.
Revis is scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, but wants to become the league’s highest-paid cornerback.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he hadn’t heard anything new between practices Monday.
”We’re coaching this group,” Ryan said. ”That’s all we can focus on right now is getting this team ready. We’ve got to prepare like he’s not going to be here. And, if he comes walking through the door, that’s fine. Somebody will kiss him on the lips, probably. It doesn’t matter. We’re getting this team ready.”
Revis is seeking a deal higher than the three-year, $45.3 million extension Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha signed last offseason. He is being fined $16,523 for each day he misses, meaning he is already out $148,707.
By sitting out, he also waived a clause in his contract which would have guaranteed him $20 million over the last two years of his deal.
The next big day in the holdout is Tuesday, when – by rule – he wouldn’t get credit for this year as an accrued season toward free agency. However, it is believed that won’t have much bearing on Revis’ decision.
The possibility that it could be a long holdout isn’t out of the question. Revis’ uncle, former NFL defensive lineman Sean Gilbert, sat out the entire 1997 season in a contract dispute. Gilbert, whom Revis confides in, ended up getting traded from Washington to Carolina and got the big payday he sought.