Opinions of Darrelle Revis appear to be divided within the Jets organization as he concludes a 10th NFL season that was probably his worst. A faction of Jets personnel believe the declining cornerback can be an asset at a lower rate and are of the opinion he would be open to taking a pay cut to stay with the team, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Another Jets staffer described Revis as being “a pig in terms of his money,” pointing to the 31-year-old defender being less receptive to slashing his 2017 salary. Mehta points to the $6MM figure as being what the Jets would want to reduce his salary to since that’s the fully guaranteed portion of his prospective ’17 earnings. On Friday, Revis categorized this impending showdown with management as one revolving around the question of whether the franchise will treat him with class or not.
The four-time first-team All-Pro’s 2017 cap number currently sits at $15.3MM, with a $2MM roster bonus due on the second day of the ensuing league year. Arguing the Jets should move on from Revis instead of renegotiating his deal or asking him to transition to safety, Mehta notes the former star cornerback will not see that bonus. Pro Football Focus ranks Revis as its No. 77 corner (out of 119 who qualify for full-time status). It will cost the Jets $8MM in dead money to release Revis while saving the team $7.3MM.
Here’s more from the Jets as they prepare to end one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.
- While including Revis among potential Jets departure candidates — along with Brandon Marshall, Calvin Pryor and Sheldon Richardson — ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini expects veteran David Harris to avoid such a fate and return next season. The longtime Jets inside linebacker will make $6.5MM, all of which is nonguaranteed, in 2017 as part of the three-year deal he signed prior to the 2015 season. A Jets starter since 2007, Harris will turn 33 in January.
- Geno Smith should be a viable Jets option as a starter in 2017, Bob Glauber of Newsday writes. Noting there might not be many more attractive options on a quarterback market that could house Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick, Glauber points out Smith’s ACL tear will keep his price tag down and allow a potential reunion as Christian Hackenberg attempts to develop.
- Conversely, Tyrod Taylor would not fit in Chan Gailey‘s system, Cimini notes, despite the run-centric quarterback being possibly on the move after this season. Should the Jets retain their OC for a third season, Taylor’s style wouldn’t mesh with the spread-passing setup Gailey’s created since arriving. However, Taylor would profile as a stopgap solution, something the Jets do not have presently.
- Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan are likely to receive a third year with the team.