Jets pushing Darrelle Revis to show up for offseason workout
According to some specific language in Darrelle Revis’ renegotiated four-year, $46 million contract, the cornerback is required to uphold at least 80 percent presence the team’s offseason workouts or lose around $3 million in bonuses. Voluntary workout begins on April 15th. But Darrelle Revis, who has been miffed by the New York Jets’ intentions to trade him for a while now, is digging his feet in against attending offseason workout.
"I think as we get into the offseason program – it's all voluntary,” said New York Jets general manager John Idzik at NFL Scouting Combine, “but you would hope that most of your players want to be there and be in the building and get the juices flowing with our staff and everybody that we have.”
Darrelle Revis is rehabbing from ACL surgery in his right knee while staying in Arizona and reportedly only expects to return briefly to New York for the team doctors to assess his progress on April 15.
"We have a fine medical staff. We have a great training staff,” said John Idzik. “We have tremendous facilities, so we feel that we have a lot to offer Darrelle and all of our players.”
"We would hope that they would be there,” added John Idzik, “but at the end of the day, it's what's best for Darrelle, how can we get him to clear medically and get back to the field to where he was before as quickly as possible."
The New York Jets have been in trade talks for Darrelle Revis over the past one and a half month. In that context, the New York Jets are hoping to work Darrelle Revis’ presence at offseason workouts to their advantage in negotiations by perpetuating the notion that if they can’t trade him at a reasonable compensation, they might ultimately keep him And just in case Darrelle Revis isn’t motivated enough the New York Jets are threatening him to show up for voluntary workout or risk losing a $1 million workout bonus, a $1 million roster bonus (triggered March 17, but payable at a later date) and a $1 million reporting bonus with the start of training camp.
So, far the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the only team that’s shown interest in Darrelle Revis, but his presence at offseason workouts could encourage more teams by sending out a positive message regarding his health. The New York Jets are looking at a deal for Darrelle Revis to get done before April’s NFL draft. They hope to get a first-round pick in either 2013 or 2014 as trade compensation for Darrelle Revis.