Jets Pushing Revis To Attend April Workouts

April 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

38 Responses to “Jets Pushing Revis To Attend April Workouts”

  1. Cmurda Says:

    I have been the first one constantly pushing and hoping for this trade to happen. At this point, I hardly even care. The reindeer games back and forth are getting annoying. Let’s be clear about one thing. The pressure is on the Jets, not the Bucs, to get a deal done. I don’t care how that J-E-T-S joke of an organization tries to spin it. The fact remains that clearly the Revis-Jets relationship has deteriorated. The media reports that Revis wants to stay in NY. I have seen or heard nothing to suggest this. Where on Earth does that come from? He doesn’t want to be in NY. Rock star, hold firm. The ball is in their court and there’s no reason to budge. In a deep CB draft, its conceivable to get 2 starters in the first 3 rounds. The next couple weeks could actually soften the Jets bargaining power as if they have much in the first place. Idzik is jacking this whole thing up and I would expect nothing less from the rookie GM.

  2. Sunny Says:

    I agree with you joe . . . 3 million to the jets is not much of it creates a another team in the rat eve or force Dom to give up more picks . . . It will also quite down the people taking about him coming back from injury being a risk

  3. Rob Says:

    The Bucs are going to overpay for Revis, if and when a deal gets done with the Jets. The deal may end up being a draft day deal with the Bucs on the clock and no one player available at the time worth picking at 14th. Then, offer our 14 th pick in 2013 and another pick next year (a 2nd or 3rd in 2014). Throw Blount in to sweeten the deal. If healthy, Revis is worth money and premium picks. Pro bowl caliber shut down corners are extremely rare and valuable. The catch for the Bucs is Revis has to agree to a multiple year deal. Parameters need to be ironed out behind the scenes beforehand. Do your job Dominik and get this deal done. Our season could be and will be drastically affected by whether we get a healthy happy Revis. Go Bucs!

  4. Greig Says:

    Surely the Jets would want him to stay away as long as possible with all their cap issues.
    If he fails to turn up that’s $3million extra cap space they have to work with and don’t even get started on what happens if he reports and reinjures himself.

  5. BigMacAttack Says:


  6. CMAK Says:

    Joe, this article really doesn’t look at all sides. Why would the Jets care about 3 mil they give him versus 13 mil he will get if traded BEFORE June 1st? It does not compute. #June1st

  7. kh Says:

    No, the leverage the Bucs have is that Revis will be a free agent and they will lose him for nothing. Showing up to workouts means nothing.

  8. the_buc_realist Says:


    its 9 million acclerated cap hit. you are counting up work out bonuses and other incentives.

  9. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    Once again….the Tabloid Media is CREATING stories about Revis……get a life

  10. Joe Says:

    @MikeInTampa2 – Where’s the “tabloid?” — The core of the Bucs’ offseason revolves around Revis. How the Jets handle him is relevant.

  11. Joe Says:

    @CMAK – You’re way off on your numbers. Revis is set to earn around $6 million in 2013.

  12. bucobruce Says:

    Revis will be here soon!Man I love all this sh!t,offseason talk is fun and frustrating we should just be happy this is all going on.We haven’t had this amount of talent on this roster since 2003!

  13. dannymac Says:

    At this point I hope we land Revis. Who knows if we will. Barbers return and keeping eric wright as well as drafting a corner are our next play I suppose since we didnt add anyone.

  14. Bucfan Says:

    Just say no to Revis.

  15. CMAK Says:

    @Joe – Thanks for clarifying, but isn’t it running on the assumption that he participates in offseason activites? If he doesn’t he loses the 3 mil for workouts, but if he does, they have to pay him that, in addition to his 6 mil if it’s before June 1st that they trade. I seem to remember reading some othe incentives that added even more against them. I may be incorrect. 😛

  16. Capt. Tim Says:

    His fate is in his hands. If Revis wants to stay in the lime light, he can. He can apply alot more contract pressure in NY, than coming to the Media desert of Tampa.

    Revis runs 20 feet, pulls up limping- and says his knee is reinjured. Trade is off. He still gets his money from New York. He remains in the media spotlight. By the end of training camp- he is miraculously healed.

    That scenario screws the jets- but he hasn’t ever seemed to worried about that.

    Then we are left with Wright and Johnson. Even Biggers jumped ship. We draft a couple rookies- who may or may not( Myron lewis) be helpful in another year or two.

    Another year in the cellar

  17. Machiavellii Says:

    Well whatever happens with this Revis deal I can tell you the GM who loses out on is much published trade won’t have a job for long as they will lose leverage with all future trades as most teams will know that they will give in under pressure…

  18. Aldo Says:

    IMHO i preffer a move for Milliner over revis, revis is way better but not a kid anymore, and is not like we can build a CB like we want….

  19. Jacko101 Says:

    All this Revis talk I don’t even buy that he will
    Be a Buc anymore.

  20. Curmudgeon Says:

    Revis is a headache. If we get him, he cripples our salary cap and we don’t even know if his knee is good. I still haven’t seen any examples of CBs who have come back from ACL injuries to be the same player. I don’t want to hear about RBs or WRs or DEs or anybody else. Name a CB that has come back from this injury to be the same player as before.

    If Dominik gives up more than a 2nd round pick and pays him more than 10 million per year, I will be calling for his head.

    Scott Pioli might be a good match with Schiano next year.

  21. Jacko101 Says:

    Curmudgeon you may want to
    Call for his head now. If we get him you better believe we are paying more than 12m. And we will lose a 1st rounder. If you were the jets why wouldn’t you expect more than a 2nd? They get a 3rd automatically next year if he leaves so that’s a dumb thought. We will give them a 1st, but hopefully next years and possibly this years 2nd

  22. gotbbucs Says:

    At this point I can’t see Dominik suddenly dealing our 1st round pick this year. What would have suddenly changed in Revis’ value in the last month in Dom’s eyes? Are the Jets going to get Revis in front of a camera juggling footballs while he runs around some cone drills? Caving in now would look extremely weak on the Bucs part. We’re bidding against ourselves here, there’s no real need to up the bid.
    Draft two corners in the first four rounds and adjust the scheme to protect the young guys for the first part of the season.
    At this point I think I would just prefer to keep Wright at a lower salary, draft the best player at either DE, DT, or CB in round 1, and if we take a D-Lineman in the 1st then we have to grab two corners in the next three rounds.

  23. 4everBucsFan Says:

    Forcing Revis to show-up at workouts to collect his $3 million bonus could work out in our favor. We can get a better glimpse at his recovery and if he suffers another blowout or has a major setback, we can just back out of the deal.

  24. Illuminati Says:


    Greg Toler tore his ACL, missed all of 2011, and came back to have a banner season in 2012.

  25. bucfanjeff Says:


    Yawn…is it the draft yet?

  26. Curmudgeon Says:

    Why we would give up more than a 2nd rounder is beyond me. We’re bidding against no one. Repeat, NO ONE! The Jets want to trade him. For a guy who’s going to walk in a year, they should consider a 2nd round pick a steal. And that’s the position Dominik should be taking.

    Also, there’s no other team who’d be willing to pay Revis 15 million. Doubtful you’d find any willing to pay him 12.

    2nd round pick to the Jets and 10 million per year to Revis… Top offer. And I still don’t make that deal because Revis is a pain in the ass… If it costs us more, then I want Dominik’s head. If we don’t do the deal, Dominik is OK in my book.

  27. Curmudgeon Says:

    But I’m glad to hear of at least one other corner who has come back from an ACL injury to play well, so at least if it happens, we’ll be getting Revis at close to his best.

  28. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Curmudgeon

    I think the jets would scoff at just a 2nrd round pick and just decide to rather have him play at least one more season in a jets uniform. as far as offering Revis only 10 mill per season, I dont think thats going to fly either because that would be less than his deal this the jets which is 12 mill per year. if Dom were to get 10 per, he would be one hell of a GM in my book no matter what Capt. Tim says.

  29. Curmudgeon Says:


    It’s my understanding that Revis in making 6 million this year.

    Basically, I don’t want this deal… And if the Jets scoff at a second rounder, then so much the better for us… But, it appears the Jets want to trade him, and if they don’t they’ll only have 1 year and then he’s gone for ZERO. With that in mind, why would they scoff at a 2nd rounder, when there’s no one else even bidding against us? That’s why I say that should be our best offer. We don’t need Revis as badly as everyone around here thinks we do, especially with the headaches that seem to come with him.

  30. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Curmudgeon

    my bad, your right it is 6 per.

    I agree with your logic on the draft pick, its just that I just dont see them taking that low of an offer under any circumstance. who knows, I could be wrong though. to tell you the truth, I just want this whole debacle to be done and over with.

  31. Andrew 1 Says:

    and truth be told Im not thrilled with this deal either. more indifferent than anything else. if we get him great, if we dont get him great.

  32. Anthony Gironda Says:

    I hope you people realize that last year, the Bucs were 12 yards AWAY from setting the NFL record for most passing yards allowed (THAT’S DEAD LAST IN PASS DEFENSE!!!) & you people better realize that Mark Dominik has not strengthen the cornerback position. It’s time this team starts taking risks. I rather have a top-notch veteran CB in Darrelle Revis than start 2 rookie CBs every Sunday. This is just what I think. I know that Dom like to build through the draft, I know that.

    Darrelle Revis, come to Tampa!

  33. Curmudgeon Says:

    Screw Revis and the headaches… We’ll find others to play CB. We can be fine with 2 solid rookies, and a new coach at the position. We’ll drastically improve without Revis.

  34. BucFan20 Says:

    Well the coach has made statements about Wright. He has said he would start 2 rookies. All this during all the Revis garbage. But. He alsomade statements about Freeman and competition. Changed his wording. Now we have no backup QB. Are we going to get a vet or draft one? What is true?
    Was the coach telling us the entire time it was going to be draft when the JETS first held this deal up?

  35. Macabee Says:


    I don’t comment on Revis, but have you seen this? Have we changed our offer again? This is a soap opera!–sources–buccaneers-growing-impatient-with-situation-between-jets–darrelle-revis-031020672.html

  36. Illuminati Says:

    Dominik must realize that there is no win-win here. At this point, it’s only “I win or no deal.”

    The Jets’ bargaining power is eroding with each passing day. If they don’t move Revis before the draft, they will get virtually nothing in return. They can’t hit him with the franchise tag, and he can walk after next season.

    I say Dominik should stand his ground. The Jets need to move Revis more than we need Revis.

  37. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    )Three sources tell Yahoo’s Jason Cole the Buccaneers are “growing impatient” withDarrelle Revis
     trade talks.
    *Analysis:* Both sides seem to be using the media to put pressure on one another. There’s no reason for true impatience with the draft over two weeks away. Cole does pass along two interesting notes: 1. Thus far, the Bucs are Revis’ only “serious bidder.” The Jets would love to get another team involved to drive up Revis’ price. 2. The Bucs are willing to trade first-, third-, and sixth-round picks for Revis, as well as sign him to a long-term deal worth upwards of $16 million a year. Still, the sides seem to be merely posturing. Expect a trade by the draft’s first day (April 25).

  38. Patrick Says:

    Look at the quarterback chasing Revis in that picture!