Sunday, September 5, 2010

Darrelle Revis ends holdout with Jets

"it not has only been hard on u guys but it has for me too. I just want to tell yall that I'm sorry for this process and I can't wait to get back on the field."
Revis24 via UberTwitter
After a seven-month stalemate often marked by acrimony, Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets reached an agreement in principle.
The team announced the agreement in principle early Monday morning, but released no contract terms.
In an attempt to end the impasse with his star cornerback, coach Rex Ryan flew to South Florida over the weekend and met with Revis, league sources confirmed.
Ryan's 11th-hour appearance may have triggered a breakthrough in the stalemate and opened "the lines of communication," according to a source.

The Jets open the season against the Baltimore Ravens, a week from Monday.
Revis has a home in South Florida, which he went to last week after spending more than a week with family in his hometown, Aliquippa, Pa. Ryan and Revis have a good relationship, and the Jets were counting on Ryan's persuasiveness to change Revis' stance.
The meeting, first reported by the New York Daily News, took place on Saturday. It's not clear if Revis' New York-based agents were present, but the discussion included more than just Revis and Ryan.
Ryan was scheduled to announce the final roster cuts on a conference call with reporters, but he was a no-show because of an "appointment," a team spokesman said. GM Mike Tannenbaum handled the call.
A team spokesman Sunday night refused to confirm the meeting with Revis, saying the team would continue to honor the confidentiality agreement. The two sides agreed to a gag order in early August, when the public posturing turned into a mudslinging contest.
Revis, who has made $15 million in his first three seasons, was due to make $21 million over the next three, including $1 million this season. He wanted to become the highest-paid cornerback in the league, seeking about $16 million per season. According to family members, he was angry at the organization because he believed they reneged on a promise to make him the highest-paid corner.
The Jets previously offered Revis a 10-year, $120 million contract and a four-year, $40 million deal, but there was only a small amount of guaranteed money in each proposal. Revis' agents countered by asking for $162 million over 10 years, with more than $40 million guaranteed.
On Friday, several players told they were resigned to starting the season without Revis. One player said it was "a tragedy" that the stalemate got this far.

source: ESPN via Adam Schefter
(twitter: Revis24)

author: Rich Cimini, ESPN

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