LBS- The New York Jets would stand to save a lot of money if they released Darrelle Revis this offseason. Many believe the team will do just that, especially with how ineffective Revis has been in 2016.
“Would I love to be here? Yes. Will I be back? That’s a great question,” Revis told Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post on Thursday. “My thing would be this: Do the New York Jets want to treat my situation with class or no class? With me being one of the best players in the history of this franchise, do they want me to retire here or not retire here? That’s the biggest question. It’s black and white. It’s not very complicated.”
“I’ve been one of the best cornerbacks to ever play this game,” he told Cannizzaro. “I’ve done a lot of things in this league that a lot of guys currently playing are chasing now. I’ve impacted the game in a way where it was like, ‘Hey, he doesn’t give up any catches to the No. 1 [receiver].’ I set a precedent.”
Despite all that, Revis said it is “insulting” to insinuate that his legacy as a shutdown corner has been tarnished.
“No. That’s absurd and very insulting to even say that,” he said. “I can still play this game at a high level. I’m going to be there until I’m told I’m not going to be here. Whatever the situation is in the offseason, it’ll get handled the way it’s supposed to. It depends on how they want to handle it.”
Gold Jerry, GOLD! Darrelle Revis - of all people - trying to make a case why a franchise should ignore their best interests in the pursuit of "class". The guy who turned annual holdouts into a essential part of every offseason. The guy who won a Super Bowl with a heated rival before coming right back to the team that drafted him demanding top dollar on a long term contract that he didn't even come close to living up to thinks that team should be loyal to him when he's never been loyal to anything but his bank account. At this point, we are talking about a man that makes a far better hypocrite than he does an NFL cornerback and he wants the Jets to retain him at a 15 million dollar salary cap hit in the spirit of an allegiance that he's never shown them?
Now don't get me wrong, I won't criticize Darrelle Revis for being a cutthroat business man when his career trajectory is living proof of how fleeting success in his profession can be. You can say a lot about him as a person, but don't say he didn't play a system that was set up to work against him for all it was worth. I suppose this little pity party is just his attempt at continuing to do the same because there's no way he gives a fuck about retiring as a member of the New York Jets, but he's long lost the ability to get paid for anything other than his talent. It's not very often that NFL executives make decisions with their heart, and it's not like the person who was compensated to run a private island and turned it into a 'Club Med' for opposing wide receivers would tug on those strings anyway. Hell, if I were Mike Maccagnan I would cut his ass out now just to show people that I don't take kindly to having my intelligence insulted. Darrelle Revis is a mercenary in every sense of the word, and the one thing a mercenary can't do is turn to an organization he's been treating as nothing more than an ATM for sympathy. Especially when that sympathy comes with an 8 figure price tag. As far as I am corcerned, this "woe is me" act only makes it exponentially more likely that he'll get axed though the last thing I want to do is give the Jets the benefit of the doubt.