Two years after a contentious holdout between Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets, the two sides might have to ready themselves for round two.
Revis, appearing at a charity function in Manhattan on Monday, said he is unsure whether he will stay away from training camp this summer in hopes of renegotiating his deal.
"I just don’t know," Revis said. "I’m not saying I am going to hold out. I’m not saying I’m not going to hold out. I just don’t know. Right now my focus is being on the team."
The Jets and the All-Pro cornerback agreed to a four-year, $46 million contract in 2010 after a 35-day holdout.
There has been speculation Revis would hold out, though, because the contract was viewed as a short-term fix and not a long-term solution by both sides. There might be some disagreement over how short-term the contract was intended to be.
Revis made $32.5 million over the past two years, but his compensation drops dramatically this year. He is scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2012 and $6 million in 2013. That is hardly market value for the best cornerback in football.
The 26-year-old did not want to get in depth about his contract at the charity event. Asked directly if he could rule out a holdout, he said he could not.
"I can’t sit here and say that," he said. "I can’t sit here and say I’m going to hold out because I don’t know. That time hasn’t come yet. That’s something we’re not thinking about right now. Right now we’re just thinking about me being a part of the team, being a leader for this team and getting ready for the season."
The Jets tried to put a safeguard against another holdout in Revis’ deal, but it does not appear it will work. It is actually a seven-year contract that voids into a four-year deal if Revis does not miss any offseason team activities.
Revis showed in 2010 he was willing to play hardball to get a deal done, and there is no reason to think he won’t test the Jets again.