Jets Pushing Revis To Attend April WorkoutsApril 7th, 2013
The squeeze is on in Jersey, and it’s tighter than Chris Christie’s belt.
Per BSPN, the Jets will exercise a clause in Darrelle Revis’ contract and, potentially, punish him up to $3 million if he doesn’t join his teammates next week when Buccaneers, Jets and other players across the NFL report back to work on April 15.
They’ll shake hands, weigh-in, meet with coaches and start working out. It’s supposed to voluntary (wink, wink), per the NFL labor agreement, but not in the unique case of Revis.
But, barring a change of heart, Revis is expected to fly to New Jersey for the start of the conditioning program. He won’t be thrilled, but he has $3 million riding on it.
When Revis renegotiated his contract in 2010, following his second holdout in three years, he agreed to a clause that requires his attendance in all offseason activities — even non-mandatory workouts, sources said.
If Revis doesn’t participate in approximately 80 percent of the workouts, he will forfeit not only a $1 million workout bonus, but two other bonuses — a $1 million roster bonus (triggered March 17, but payable at a later date) and a $1 million reporting bonus at the start of training camp.
They’re tied together, providing significant financial motivation to attend. It was the Jets’ way of making sure Revis stays on his best behavior, an aspect of his four-year, $46 million contract that was kept relatively quiet — until now.
Joe sees this as the Jets playing hardball with Revis to up his trade value. However, it could backfire. If Revis gives the Jets a big “F-You,” then that would hurt the Jets’ leverage with the Bucs, one could easily assume.
On the flip side, if Revis comes back and starts running during offseason workouts on his healing knee, then that will do wonders for the Jets in potential negotiations with the Bucs. And it could help a new suitor for Revis to emerge.
UPDATE: Per the Twitter feed of Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis will report to the Jets conditioning program.
@MMehtaNYDN: Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will, indeed, report to Jets facility on April 15 for start of conditioning program, source confirms. … Revis had hoped to get examined by Jets doctors/trainers to make sure he is ahead of schedule… & then return to Arizona to focus on rehab … Best place for Revis to rehab is clearly with in Arizona. It’s odd Jets haven’t told him to stay there & rehab w/out worrying about bonuses