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

By Alan Schechter

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

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?