Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) defends against Carolina Panthers wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu (19) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

An Interesting Turn in the Darrelle Revis-New York Jets Situation

The trade talks may have softened a bit, but that didn’t stop some interesting news regarding Darrelle Revis to surface yesterday.

At around mid-day yesterday, it was reported by Conor Orr, among others, that the Jets are requiring their star cornerback to attend voluntary workouts that begin shortly.  Revis would prefer to continue his rehab in Arizona, where he is working with personal trainers and coaches.

Tied into his contract, is language that Darrelle must participate in at least 80% of off-season activities, otherwise he forfeits $3 million in workout bonuses.

It’s an interesting move by the Jets, as I can see both sides of the issue.  It makes sense that the Jets want to have closer contact with their star, and best commodity by far.  Updates from Arizona are one thing, checking him out in person is something else.

But, I can also see the idea of keeping Revis where he feels the most comfortable going through his rehab.  Also, doesn’t “voluntary” mean, well, voluntary?  Other players don’t have to attend but Darrelle does?

It also seems like a silly point to make regarding Darrelle anyway.  We are talking about a $3 million bonus.  No matter what you feel about Darrelle Revis and his status on the team, there is no argument that he values his money.  His actions are for one goal, to bring him the most money possible.  The point is, he is not going to leave money on the table.  Just putting a bonus into his contract for showing, should be enough to make him show up.

It just seems strange to require him to show up for voluntary workouts.  If by some stretch, he wants to give up that bonus, that should be up to him, no?

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  • matr dontelli iii

    i may have been quiet yesterday, but you knew i was gonna chip in on this one. my understanding is that the bonuses and workouts were agreed to in the contract, just like the no-holdout and no-franchise tag clauses. he wanted the money and agreed to the clauses and now has to hold up his end of the deal for the jets to hold up their end. rex values player participation in the off-season program and believes it helps team unity. the current cba eliminated a lot of practice time (2 a days) as well as limiting contact among other things. the team-bonding thing and rex’s desire to hav high-percentage participation is probably why they tie bonuses to program participation. one can argue whether they should be annoying their big star but given his me-first history i see no advantage to giving him favors especially three million dollars worth of bonuses that he doesn’t live up to the terms of acquiring. despite his claims of wanting to retire a jet, does anybody really think he’s gonna give someone a ‘hometown discount’? no, i didn’t think so.

    • TheJetPress

      That is my understanding as well, they are worked into the contract. I just thought it odd to require him to do something voluntary….

      • matr dontelli iii

        I could be wrong but I believe many of the players have bonuses tied to the off-season program. I remember during the lockout there were articles regarding the money different players were losing due to lost workouts. We’ve all heard Rex talk (brag) about the team’s high percentage of voluntary program participation. I think this may be how they accomplish it. RIvIs probably did’t expect the jets to stand up to him on it as I believe their history is to basically bow to his kingly demands.

        • TheJetPress

          I think you are right….Revis is not the only one I have heard to have a bonus like that…maybe that is how he gets such high participation.

          • matr dontelli iii

            It’s funny. Idzik seems so quiet an unassuming yet can you fault him for requiring the participation? Do you really think it would work against him? I like everything he’s done so far. You always have to watch out for the quiet ones