Every time Darrelle Revis made a play Wednesday in the Jets' final minicamp practice, the crowd at the New Meadowlands Stadium broke out into a chorus of, "Please Pay Re-vis!"
The fans were speaking, loud and clear, and it had to make Jets management uncomfortable. (At least the fans, not always known for their manners, remembered to say "please.") Perhaps not coincidentally, a story appears today in Newsday, saying the Jets are prepared to add six years to Revis' contract and pay him $100 million.
It's certainly within the realm of possibility the Jets could make a $100 million offer -- it's not so outlandish when you consider the average would be about $11 million per year over nine -- but the important number is this: The amount of guaranteed money. If the offer doesn't include at least $30 million in guarantees, Revis isn't going to give it serious consideration. Newsday didn't mention the amount of the guarantee. If it's $1, it would be more than their current best offer.
According to sources, the Jets have yet to make Revis an offer that includes any fully guaranteed money. Revis was insulted by that, and it prompted him to skip a voluntary workout two weeks ago, making big headlines.
Revis' agent, Neil Schwartz, said "no comment" Thursday when asked if he has received a $100 million offer from the Jets.
There is still time to get a deal done before training camp, Aug. 1, so there's no reason to panic. Based on the breathless coverage by some in the media, you'd think opening day was a week away. But, at the same time, the Jets should start to think about getting serious. If they're going to offer $100 million, do it soon.
It'll be interesting to see Rex Ryan's reaction if this thing continues into training camp. He's a player's coach, and Revis is at the very top of his list of favorite players, but he has to side with management, the people who employ him. It could test his patience. Like all coaches, he wants the players on the field, committed to football, especially when it happens to be his best defensive player. If management drags its feet into August, it will have a steamed coach on its hands.
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It was suggested in the Newsday story that LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson could be the first of the "Core Four" to sign a long-term extension. Here's an update: The two sides have held preliminary talks, but they haven't gotten around to discussing numbers. That means they have a long way to go.
Ferguson is signed through 2011, but next year is a $10 million option and both sides probably want to do a deal before then.
Ferguson is a more likely candidate than C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris for a long-term deal because of the 30% rule. Now, in an uncapped year, a renegotiated contract can't increase by more than 30% in any one year, and it's based on 2009 compensation. For the purpose of the 30% rule, Ferguson made $6 million last season. That means he could receive a $1.8 million raise each year in a new deal, which adds up to a lot of money.
Mangold and Harris both made less than $1 million in '09, meaning they'd demand huge signing bonuses to bring their total packages up to fair-market value. One source told me a Ferguson deal is "plausible" based on the current CBA. Then again, anything is plausible if a team is willing to pay.