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Jets Owner Doubts Revis Will Agree to New Deal Before Season

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Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said he’s not optimistic about reaching an agreement with cornerback Darrelle Revis on a new contract before the start of the National Football League’s regular season.

Revis, 25, has missed the first nine days of training camp while seeking to become the NFL’s top-paid cornerback, with a deal that surpasses the three-year, $45.3 million contract Nnamdi Asomugha got from the Oakland Raiders.

Johnson and Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said Revis’s agents made no significant changes in their latest “long-term” contract proposal on Aug. 7.

“Fundamentally there really hasn’t been a change, and right now we can’t find something that makes sense for both sides,” Tannenbaum told reporters yesterday, according to a transcript from the Jets. “We really have no progress.”

Johnson said “No” when asked if he expected to reach an agreement with Revis before the Jets’ first regular-season game on Sept. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.

“The proposal was ‘nothing new and different,’ as they say in marketing,” Johnson said.

Revis is in the fourth year of a six-year contract worth a total of $36 million, according to the NFL Network. If he doesn’t report to training camp by midnight tonight, he’ll lose one year of accrued service time toward free agency, according to the NFL’s labor agreement.

Tannenbaum said the two sides talked for about three hours during their latest meeting and remain far apart on total compensation. Neil Schwartz, one of Revis’s agents, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

“We still have a very fundamental difference of opinion on what the appropriate compensation should be,” Tannenbaum said. “Until we get that solved, there’s really not much to discuss.”

Revis had six interceptions last season while anchoring a Jets defense that allowed a league-low 252.3 yards a game. Revis also led the league with 37 passes defended and finished second to Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson in voting for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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