When Darrelle entered the league in 2006, we didn’t even think about any of this. Remember? There was no talk of money, holdouts, value…etc. Under Eric Mangini, Darrelle Revis came to work and did his job, and we all went about our lives. Nothing about this ever came across our lips.
So, what changed? Eric Mangini out, Rex Ryan in. That’s what changed. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rex Ryan just as much as anyone. But from day one Rex Ryan made a mistake with Darrelle. His mistake was constantly talking about how great Darrelle was. We all knew it, we didn’t have to hear him say it. The problem with him saying it?
Darrell began to believe it. It’s human nature. If someone tells you how great you are at something, eventually, you are going to believe it. The more he heard it, the more he believed it, and thought the team owed him everything. He became Revis the business, rather than Revis the football player. Henceforth, the first holdout, the deterioration of the relationship until the expected end, today.
And then, you have the “Band-Aid” contract signed during the Hard Knocks holdout. If you remember, Tanny basically acknowledged that it was an interim step on the road to a long-term contract for Darrelle. But that never happened, and it didn’t seem that the Jets were ever to keen on signing that deal. Whether there was dishonesty there or not, there was something there. Both sides had trouble with the other, and the relationship became so marred it couldn’t be fixed.
So much so, Darrelle actually signed a contract with zero guaranteed money, to be in a better situation for himself than being with us.
So bottom line, the trade had to happen. Both sides treated each other poorly, and it led to the ultimate relationship end, divorce. To follow that analogy, it wasn’t an amicable divorce, but the judge made the terms of separation acceptable to both parties, and one party is free to go after relationships in Florida, while the other party stays to pick up the pieces.
John Idzik got what he could for Darrelle. That’s all we could ask for.
Tomorrow, we will look back at Darrelle’s career in New York.