Superb Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is like a Frosted Mini-Wheat: Sweet on one side and bristly on the other.
At least when it comes to talking big bucks.
Three weeks ago, he claimed he was happy with his contract, which has two years remaining. He has since stated indecision about reporting to training camp on July 26.
Such contradictory statements and behavior are not new to Revis, who held out in 2010. If he wasn’t such a brilliant player, few would care. But Revis is the best player on the team and is critical to the continued success of one of the premier defenses in the NFL.
Revis grew impatient with reporters who pressed him on whether he would stage another holdout in 2012. He insisted his focus is on preparing for the season and that future contract negotiations were not foremost in his thinking. But when pressed about his intentions, he displayed anger and refused to answer with any clarity.
Jets coach Rex Ryan sought to calm the gathering storm in expressing his belief that Revis will be donning the green and white when training camp begins. He praised Revis in offering that only the legendary Deion Sanders could compare among cornerbacks he’s seen in his lifetime. But Revis has received plenty of accolades over the years by teammates and foes alike. That has only served to fuel his fire for more money.
Revis can’t be blamed for seeking to maximize his value. But he has two years left on a contract he signed in good faith. And it’s unfair for him to hold the Jets hostage by seemingly threatening to hold out during training camp.
The least he can do is provide transparency to his thoughts. To claim contentedness with his contract, then leave open the possibility of a holdout only clouds his situation.
What side of the Frosted Mini-Wheat are we going to get next? Flip a coin – or a Mini-Wheat – because Revis apparently doesn’t want anyone to know.