Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets are “far apart” in negotiations on a new contract, owner Woody Johnson said after the All-Pro cornerback missed a second straight day of training camp.
Revis is holding out while seeking a contract that would make him the National Football League’s top-paid cornerback, surpassing the three-year, $45.3 million deal Nnamdi Asomugha got from the Oakland Raiders, Newsday has reported.
Johnson, speaking to reporters at the Jets’ facility last night, said the sides haven’t been able to reach an agreement on compensation. He declined to discuss specific contract figures.
“We haven’t negotiated guaranteed money because we’re so far apart on the other issues,” Johnson said, according to a transcript distributed by the Jets. “I’d love to sit down and negotiate. We can be flexible. We know how good a player Darrelle is. We want to give him something he’s comfortable with but also something the team is comfortable with.”
Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said after the first day of training camp that Revis rebuffed a short-term contract as well as a deal that would have made him a “Jet for life.”
Revis’s representatives also declined a face-to-face meeting, Tannenbaum said. Johnson said he’d welcome the chance to talk to Revis, 25, and his family.
“Am I disappointed? Yes. I would like everything to be clear sailing right to the Super Bowl and we win that,” Johnson said. “Part of running a team and running a franchise is dealing with disappointment and trying to make things right for the team and the players.”
Johnson called Revis “maybe the best player we have.” Revis covered opposing teams’ best receiver while anchoring a defense that allowed a league-low 252.3 yards a game. The Green Bay Packers were the only other team to allow fewer than 300 yards.
Revis had six interceptions last season, his third with the Jets, and led the league with 37 passes defended. He finished second to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson in voting for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Jets coach Rex Ryan dismissed concerns that Revis’s holdout might affect his readiness for the team’s regular-season opener on Sept. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.
“I’d love to have him here whenever, but if he signs a contract one day before the first game, Darrelle will be starting,” Ryan told reporters. “It’s as simple as that, but I’d love to get him here.”
Revis is in the fourth year of a six-year contract worth a total of $36 million, according to the NFL Network.
“We’ll maintain a positive attitude about it and we’ll use all the resources we can,” Johnson said of the contract negotiations. “We have to make it happen.”