Jets must wait and see with Darrelle Revis

Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis said Monday that he has no doubt he will be an elite player when he returns from significant knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.

But the New York Jets can’t just take Revis at his word. The Jets must take a "wait-and-see" approach with their best player before offering a contract extension.

The Jets were expected to make Revis one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL in the offseason. He wanted a raise this year but had two years left on his contract. The Jets wanted Revis to play at least one more season under the current agreement. Now, because of the injury, the Jets must let Revis play out his entire contract in order to prove he’s still the same player post-injury.

That’s the harsh reality of the NFL.

Revis, 27, might be right. He could be the best cornerback in football when he returns from reconstructive knee surgery. But he also could be wrong and lose a step or two.

That’s a lot of pressure on Revis to perform in a contract year and coming off a major injury. Either way, the Jets have an interesting decision to make when Revis becomes an unrestricted free agent after next season.