With the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement set to expire at midnight on Thursday, the league’s labor situation is out of the players’ hands, according to Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
“We’ve just got to wait and see,” Revis said at halftime of the Knicks-Hornets game on Wednesday night. “It’s out of my hands; it’s out of the players’ hands. We’ve just got to wait and see what (NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith) does and see what and the owners do to make a decision on what’s going to happen."
The union and the players were scheduled to meet on Thursday morning but with little progress being made between owners and the players union, it seems as though a lockout is imminent.
Former Jets running back Curtis Martinis worried about the players' immediate futures if owners implement a lockout.
“I'm concerned more about the players' well-being,” Martin said at halftime of the Knicks’ win over New Orleans. “When we have a lockout you’re talking about cutting a lot of guys' pay. And I think it puts the league in a dilemma ... I think there's too much to lose for them not to get a deal done so I hope they do.”
Revis added that he was “happy” to see that the Jets had placed first and third-round tenders on potential free-agents Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Santonio Holmes. Under the current CBA rules, which may be moot after midnight on Thursday, any team that signs Smith or Holmes would have to compensate the Jets with first- and third-round picks.
“I’m happy to see them back,” Revis said. “Those situations, you just never know what’s going to happen. Kris Jenkins is gone, (Jason) Taylor is gone, a lot of guys are gone. And it’s good that we got Santonio and Cromartie back on our team.”