There's been a growing paranoia amongst Jet's fans regarding the contract status of the team's stud corner, Darrelle Revis. Revis, considered the best CB since Deion Sanders, is entering the third year of his 4yr/46 million dollar deal. The deal, front-loaded, leaves Revis to make only 13 million for the next two years. Throughout minicamp Revis has been non-committal on attending training camp, telling the media "I'm in this situation right now and it's is best for me to do what's best for my career."
This poses the question: Should the Jets bend and give Revis a long term extension and pay him as the top CB in the game, or, not budge and not extend Revis, holdout or not, and wait til his contract is up after two years? The answer is quite simple and doesn't require a lot of brainstorming: Extend Revis and make him a Jet for life even at 15 mil$ cap hit a year for the next six years.
Darrelle Revis is a once in a generation player; we might not see another player at the CB position with that much talent for another 25+ years. This kind of talent cannot be measured by dollars and is worth any headache he may bring through any holdout. Losing Revis now, in his prime, would leave a huge black mark on the organization for years. It's like not signing Klecko or Gastineau of the Sack Exchange or trading Testaverde halfway through the '98 season. Moreover, the effects of losing any franchise player in his prime is crippling, albeit rare. The Jets losing Revis would rival the Eagle's losing Reggie White to the Packers or Shaquille O'Neal leaving the Magic for the Lakers.
More importantly, the Jets should keep Revis at all costs because he gives them an advantage over every other NFL team. No other team can leave their best corner on an island for the entire game and roll coverage to other side. Bellichick tried to incorporate this last season with McCourty, leaving him on an island often. However, McCourty could not handle the duties leading to a sophomore slump. What I'm trying to say is their are probably 10-15 pass rushers who can get to the Quarterback pretty well and rack up around 12 sacks; but there is only one Revis, only one person who can do what he does. That, my friends, is why we should extend Revis for the next six years and keep the greatest player to have ever donned a Jet's uniform.