- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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"Pay the man," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said after the first practice of the team's mandatory minicamp. "Simple as that."
Revis says he wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the league because he is the best at his position. The Jets have balked at paying him in the neighborhood of $15 million a year, which is what the Raiders are paying defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha.
"I do know he's probably the best cornerback in the league and this NFL, if he wasn't performing, they'd cast him aside like he was nothing," Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. "So he's outperformed his contract. Whatever they need to do they need to do, but they need to come to terms with that man. He's a good young player he seems to be a good young man."
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum has said that these negotiations are tricky this season, given the NFL's labor uncertainty. The NFL opted out of the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association, and Tannenbaum has said it's hard to create a long-term contract without knowing what the new terms will be.
Umenyiora said that shouldn't affect the situation with Revis.
"Never be a tough year to make those negotiations because they never have a problem kicking him to the curb when they feel like it," Umenyiora said. "So whenever you fee l like you've truly truly outperformed your contract like he has, he has a right as a man."
Both Umenyiora and Tuck said that if any player was worth it, Revis was, and that this was the time to do it.
"I'll tell you the truth, some people don't deserve what they're asking for but he does," Tuck said. "He's had to come by so they should pay the man."
Two players in the Giants locker room were clear on what the Jets should do for cornerback Darrelle Revis this season.