Source: Jets' Revis a holdout from OTA

Updated: June 4, 2010, 9:41 AM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis held out of Thursday's offseason training activity because he is unhappy with the progress of talks to rework his contract, according to a league source.

The All-Pro cornerback, 24, was at Florham Park for workouts Wednesday after a five-day break for the Memorial Day holiday, but never arrived Thursday.

He is set to make $1 million in the fourth year of the six-year deal he signed as a rookie, but recently told ESPNNewYork.com that he expects to make more than $15.2 million a year, which is what Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha makes. Revis wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the game.

"I think that is fair," Revis told ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk on May 21. "This is nothing behind closed doors [like] I am fighting against the Jets and they are fighting against me. I have talked to Coach [Rex] Ryan and [general manager Mike] Tannenbaum himself and they believe I should be the highest-paid player at my position. They understand that and I understand that. It is something that is going to get done. The Jets are family to me."

At that time, Revis said the Jets promised him he'd get a new deal before training camp.

"These are not my words," he said. "These are the Jets' words. They promised that it was going to get done before training camp. If it happens, it happens. If it don't, it don't and then there are other situations that have to come upon it."

Ryan said it was too early to draw conclusions about Revis' intentions. "That's part of the business," Ryan said. "We'll see what happens. When it's time to react or get frustrated, I'll react."

Tannenbaum declined to discuss the specifics of Revis' negotiations, but said the Jets were committed to getting a deal done, "within reason." He declined to put a timeline on its completion, however. "Timelines are always tough to estimate," Tannenbaum said.

Revis has a fairly complicated contract in place that would pay him $21 million in guaranteed money during the next three years. Ryan lobbied for Revis to be named NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season, a designation that bolsters the cornerback's case.

Revis is one of several Jets looking to renegotiate their contracts. Offensive lineman Nick Mangold said he and his agent discussed sitting out of OTAs, but decided against it. Mangold said Revis is the team's priority, but others await.

"It should be very interesting to see how it pans out and how they manage it all," Mangold said, adding that he has not ruled out the possibility of holding out during training camp if his own deal is not reworked.

Revis' agent, Neil Schwartz, declined to comment. He is the same agent who represented offensive lineman Pete Kendall and tight end Chris Baker in their contract disputes with the Jets.

Schwartz's clients have not been shy about sitting out of voluntary workouts in the past, but Revis had attended all of the Jets' workouts until Thursday.

"It's a business," offensive lineman Damien Woody said. "Obviously you want everyone here, but there is a business side."

"He'll step right back in and won't miss a beat," linebacker Bart Scott said.

But it is unclear when Revis will return. Although this part of the training schedule is voluntary, the Jets have a mandatory minicamp starting June 14, and players will be fined if they miss a day.

Training camp begins Aug. 1.

Jane McManus is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow her on Twitter.

ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini contributed to this report.

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Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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