Darrelle Revis attended the opening day of the New York Jets’ training camp yesterday after deciding not to snub preseason preparations for the third time since he joined the National Football League team.
“I just want to be here,” the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback told reporters. “I want to be around the team and just play ball.”
Revis wants to renegotiate the four-year, $46 million contract he signed in 2010, which will pay him $7.5 million this season, the New York Times reported.
“Something has to happen sooner or later in terms of my future with the team,” Revis said. “I never said I was unhappy about my contract. I know what I signed a couple years ago. There were talks a couple years ago about a ‘band-aid’ and that was that. Now we’re here and we have to move forward.”
Revis and the Jets reached an agreement on a new contract on Sept. 6, 2010, ending a seven-month impasse during which the player sat out training camp and the preseason. In 2007, Revis refused to sign his first accord with the team, who took him with the 14th pick in that year’s draft, until 19 days after the July 27 start of training camp.
Jets officials have told his representatives that “we’ll handle it later,” Revis said.
New York coach Rex Ryan said he was happy Revis showed up on time. Revis had 52 tackles and four interceptions last season. He has 18 career interceptions and 283 tackles.
“Obviously, he’s great,” Ryan said. “There’s no question how I feel about Darrelle.”