With voluntary offseason workouts set to begin April 15, the chatter surrounding a possible New York Jets trade involving Darrelle Revis is heating back up. The 2013 NFL Draft is just 10 days after the start of voluntary workout for the Jets, with the first round kicking off on April 25. The Jets will force Darrelle Revis to attend voluntary workouts in order to collect his bonuses, and Darrelle Revis isn’t happy about it.
When the New York Jets and Darrelle Revis settled on a new deal prior to the start of the 2010 NFL regular season, the Jets added stipulations to prevent a future holdout. The most commonly-noted aspect of the deal is the punitive measure against missing mandatory team functions, which would kick in an extra three years on the end of the deal. The aspect coming into play now is $3 million in bonuses for attending all offseason workouts.
The Jets had added those bonuses to avoid any offseason drama heading into the season. Darrelle Revis doesn’t want to lose the money and doesn’t want to activate the last three years of the deal. That would guarantee his attendance. The situation has now changed given the injury and the Darrelle Revis trade talk, but the Jets still want him to attend the voluntary workouts.
Darrelle Revis doesn’t want to lose out on that money, so he will report April 15. He was planning to meet with team doctors anyway, but was hoping to return to Arizona and rehab his knee away from the team. The relationship between Darrelle Revis and the Jets isn’t a great one right now and it will certainly be awkward to workout with the team trying to trade you away.
For the Jets, the requirement makes sense. It’s what they originally agreed to and the team needs to show that they are still moving forward as if Darrelle Revis will be part of the team in 2013. If a potential trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers falls through, then the Jets will have to move forward with Darrelle Revis and he should be working out with the team. If the trade does happen, there’s still no harm to having Darrelle Revis around until he is officially shipped out.
As reported by Brian Costello of the New York Post, Darrelle Revis isn’t happy about the situation. Of course he would like to do his own thing out in Arizona, avoid the questions and the awkward situations. The bottom line is that Darrelle Revis is still under contract with the Jets and the team is going to hold him to the terms of that franchise. And if this trade doesn’t happen, both sides are going to have to find a way to move forward.
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