CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Rex Ryan’s next starring role: The Negotiator.
The brash New York Jets coach has come up with a game plan to get holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis back on the field. And, everyone in the organization is invited.
“We’ll call off practice,” Ryan said Wednesday. “We’ll have our whole team there and meet. That way there’s no, ‘he said, she said’ or whatever. Just get the thing done, and let’s work it out that way.”
Don’t laugh. Despite HBO and NFL Films taping the Jets throughout training camp for their “Hard Knocks” series, Ryan wasn’t just playing it up for the cameras.
“Absolutely serious,” he said _ with no smile.
“He wants him here,” quarterback Mark Sanchez told The Associated Press. “I mean, he’s serious. It’s difficult as players because we don’t know exactly down to the number what is really going on. So, it’s hard to say, ‘Well, he should be here,’ or, ‘He shouldn’t be here.’ All I can say is I hope it gets resolves soon without any more holdups.”
When asked if he’d actually make an appeal to Revis’ agents to have an organization-wide meeting, Ryan said: “I’m making it right now. I know it’ll get to them.”
Ryan also shot down agent Neil Schwartz’s accusation that someone in the Jets’ organization lied about whether owner Woody Johnson was invited to a meeting between the sides last Friday. Johnson said he was “rebuffed” by Revis’ camp.
“All right, that’s a blatant joke to me,” Ryan said.
The All-Pro cornerback has missed 11 days, including Wednesday, since the team reported for training camp at SUNY Cortland. He’s scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, but wants to become the league’s highest-paid cornerback.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum declined comment Wednesday night through a team spokesman on the Revis negotiations and Ryan’s plan.
Revis is seeking a deal bigger than the three-year, $45.3 million extension Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha signed last offseason. He has not commented publicly since minicamp in June.
“It’s hard to get a deal done if Darrelle’s not there because ultimately, it’s his future,” Ryan said. “Get him there, whoever’s there. His teammates would love it because they’d get a practice off. So, that’s what I’m calling for right now.”
Revis is being fined $16,523 for each day he misses, meaning he is already out $181,753. By sitting out, he also waived a clause in his contract which would have guaranteed him $20 million over the last two years of his deal. Also, by not reporting by Aug. 10, Revis will not get credit for this year as an accrued season toward free agency.
The holdout situation took a snippy turn Tuesday as both sides went back and forth through the media.View Entire Story
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