Jets’ Ryan offers plan to settle Revis holdout

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Johnson told 1050 ESPN New York that he was “rebuffed” by Revis‘ agents when he asked to be part of a meeting last Friday at a diner in Roscoe, N.Y., attended by Tannenbaum, director of football administration Ari Nissim, Schwartz and business partner Jonathan Feinsod.

“That’s a blatant lie,” Schwartz said. “Whoever gave him that information is incorrect. I wanted Mr. Johnson’s thoughts on the proposal, so why would I not want him there?” Schwartz added that he would meet with Johnson “any time, any place.”

The Jets turned down that contract proposal, and Johnson said Monday he was not optimistic a deal could get done before the season. He also told 1050 ESPN New York that the gap between the sides is “insurmountable.”

“If we’re really trying to be dealmakers and you’ve got everybody’s interest at the best heart,” Ryan said, “then let’s do it this way. I bet it gets done if we do it that way.”

It’s believed one major sticking point is the lack of guaranteed money and bonuses included in the Jets‘ offers. Tannenbaum disagrees with that assessment.

“As I said at the start of training camp, our offer to Darrelle Revis conveyed that we are flexible on how the guaranteed money is structured, including the areas of signing bonus, roster bonus and option bonus,” Tannenbaum said in a statement Tuesday night. “This situation revolves around a fundamental disagreement in total compensation.”

Ryan said he was part of a 5-hour sit-down earlier in the offseason with Revis‘ agents, when the sides tried to settle the dispute.

“That was a rough 5 hours I spent,” he said. “I was sitting back, saying, ‘You couldn’t pay me enough to be a general manager of a team.’ There’s no way. I mean, it was frustrating for me and I was just there for the one 5-hour period. I almost quit.”

Meanwhile, the team insists it will press on with its Super Bowl hopes whether Revis reports or not.

“Everybody knows what I think of Darrelle and all that kind of stuff,” Ryan said. “It would be much easier to win it with him. But, it’s certainly not impossible to win it without him.”

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