By Peter Schwartz
There is still no sign of cornerback Darrelle Revis who continues to holdout. However, there have been multiple reports saying that Revis is closing in on a new deal with one report stating that both sides have agreed to a ten year $150 million with $65 million in guaranteed money.
Those rumors have made their way to the players and one of them put the saga into perspective.
“We don’t know what the situation is,” said safety Jim Leonhard. “There obviously is a business side to this game. Hopefully, we see him walk through the door sooner than later. We have to prepare like he’s not going to be here.”
A league source confirmed to me on Wednesday night at Hofstra that the Jets’ offer was for ten years and $122 million and that Revis is crazy for not signing.
“It’s beyond reality that he’s holding out,” said the source. “He should take the deal.”
Revis wants to be the highest paid cornerback in the league and that means beating out the three year $45 million deal that Nnamdi Asomugha got from the Raiders that included $28.5 million.
“That contract is an aberration,” said the source.
I’m also hearing that the Jets will eventually take care of linebacker David Harris. They just can’t do it now because of CBA restrictions. If they were to do the deal now, they would have to guarantee 95% of the contract and both sides are in agreement that a deal will get done after the 2010 season.
BACK TO THEIR ROOTS
Over 10,000 Jets fans attended practice Wednesday night at their former home at Hofstra University.
The Gang Green faithful were treated to a spectacular performance from the Jets offense. Mark Sanchez turned in a near perfect night. He threw a pair of touchdown passes of more than 60 yards, one to Jerricho Cotchery and the other to Braylon Edwards.
“The ball was on the ground twice with incompletions,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “Other than that, he completed everything.
In red zone drills, Sanchez found tight end Dustin Keller five times. It certainly looks like Sanchez to Keller could be a deadly combination that opposing defenses will have to deal with.
“For the fantasy fans out there who are concerned with how many times (Keller) is going to catch the ball in the red zone, I expect him to be a big target” said Ryan.
Several Jets were happy to see the team hold a practice at their former home.
“It’s great to come here to Hofstra,” said Ryan who is very familiar with the grounds from the time his father Buddy was a Jets assistant coach. “These have been the roots of our fan base for years and years.”
“This is our fan base,” said linebacker Bart Scott. “I wish we can back here a little more often.”
Former Jets and Hofstra wide receiver Wayne Chrebet was in attendance. Also back at his alma mater was former Jets and Hofstra center John Schmidt who was a member of Gang Green’s Super Bowl III team. I caught up with him after practice. Listen to the interview…
Also at practice was former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. The Jets knew he was going to be in town and he accepted their invitation to attend.
Other notes from practice….
Practice was moved up from 6pm to 5:20pm and lasted just under an hour and a half. Why the time change? Two reasons….
First, the Jets arrived on Long Island much earlier than anticipated. And second, there was rain in the forecast so they wanted to make sure they got the practice in so that the fans wouldn’t be disappointed.
There were only a few light sprinkles, which made for a nice evening at Shuart Stadium. Because the Jets started practice earlier, they added some more time for autographs at the end.
After practice, the Jets Flight Crew took to the field for a workout session of their own. Let’s just say that the reporters still in attendance appeared to be distracted!
A buzz was created when a fan told a reporter that she saw Darrelle Revis in the elevator. Of course it wasn’t true. Maybe she knows the biggest clown of the night. Some idiot fan ran onto the field during practice and was quickly apprehended by security. Not one to miss out a great quote, Jets head coach Rex Ryan did not disappoint.
After talking about the impressive night by Mark Sanchez, Ryan added…
“Not as impressive as the tackle made at midfield by those two guys. If it was going to go any longer, we were going to put “The Terminator” (fullback John Conner) on the guy!”
That’s it for now! Check back for a preview of Friday night’s pre-season game against the Redskins.