As you can all see from the video from the Star Ledger Darrelle Revis is still not willing to guarantee his participation from day one when training camp starts in July. Some weeks ago he said that he may hold out, then that was followed by a "I'm Cool" with my contract type answer, now we have come full circle to the:
"I can’t [guarantee reporting on time]," Revis said. "I don’t know. I don’t know if I am or if I’m not."
You will all remember the prolonged hold out two years ago as the Jets featured on Hard Knocks. Finally a deal was done and he signed a front loaded new contract that was to pay him $46 million over four years, which included $32.5 million guaranteed. However the danger was always there, he's taken the front loaded portion of the contract and now the salary is about to decrease to $7.5 million this year, $6 million next year, well he wants some more money.
It it him, is it his representation? I don't know. However as much as I try and encourage the different world aspect of these guys and the general population. I find it so hard to get on board with arguments over millions when some families are working 3 jobs 18 hours a day, 7 days a week to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. When military men and women are abroad risking their life to protect our countries etc I understand it's a different world, the teams and owners are as much to blame etc etc, but personally I still find it difficult.
I believe his contract also specified that if he were to hold out, then three extra years would be added to his 4 year deal at relatively low salary. Contracts these days are usually close to worthless though. If a player wants more, usually he'll get it, he's the commodity. If you won't give it to him, he can kick up such a fuss that you have no option but to send him to somebody who are willing to give it to him.
I love Darrelle, he's one of the best in the game but two holdouts in the space of three years? Your starting to become an off-season headache if you do.