Darrelle Revis has been with his New York Jets teammates for every offseason workout, and the All-Pro cornerback always planned to be around for mandatory minicamp.
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When it comes to training camp, though, he’s still not sure whether he’ll report on time.
”I can’t answer that question right now,” Revis said with a smile after the Jets’ first minicamp practice Tuesday. ”I really can’t.”
Revis has two years remaining on the $46 million deal he signed in 2010 — termed a ”Band-Aid” contract by the team and Revis’ agents — and said there has been no movement, as far as he knows, on talks with the team on possibly re-doing his deal.
”I haven’t talked to my agents,” Revis said. ”So, I can’t really speak on that right now.”
Revis held out of training camp before signing his rookie deal in 2007, and then again two years ago.
”I have grown,” he said. ”This is my sixth year, and I’ve grown. I’ve been in a lot of situations and you guys have to remember, even when I was a rookie, my rookie contract, I came in late. The second one, it was the same type of scenario. We’ll see.”
While nothing appears scheduled at the moment, Revis thinks a sit-down with owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum regarding his future with the team is inevitable.
”Sooner or later, it has to,” Revis said with a laugh. ”I mean, I’ve got two more years left, so we’ll see, and we’ll go from there. Whatever’s best for me and the organization, we’ll get through it.”
Revis recently told The Star-Ledger of Newark that he’d like to retire as a member of the Jets, and the team has said it would like to see that happen, too. How this latest situation is resolved — or not — could go a long way toward determining that outcome.
”The situation will take care of itself when it’s time to,” Revis said. ”When you think about those things, yeah, they’re in the back of your mind. But as of right now, you can just focus on what you can do today and improve day by day.”
Revis said he didn’t receive any feedback from the team on his hopes to retire with the Jets, and didn’t expect to.
”I don’t think guys are really looking at ESPN to see what somebody says or anything,” he said, smiling. ”So, nobody came up to me and approached me about it.”
Revis has spoken a few times about receiving death threats from fans on Twitter and in emails during his last holdout. He insists the reaction of fans won’t factor in any of his decisions this summer.
”This is my situation and it’s my career, and I think that’s how you have to look at it,” he said. ”It’s not like I don’t love the New York Jets fans and love the city, love Jersey, love Manhattan. It’s nothing about that. This is a situation in my career right now and, sooner or later, we have to talk about it.
”That’s how the fans have to look at it. You can’t really look at it as, `I hate you,’ or those types of things I get on Twitter.”