NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Darrelle Revis needs to participate in the Jets’ voluntary workouts beginning next week, according to a clause in his contract, to collect $3 million in bonuses he’s scheduled to earn.
The star cornerback, the subject of trade rumors, has been rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee in Arizona, but is expected to report to the team’s facility in Florham Park, N.J., for the start of the Jets’ offseason conditioning program next week.
And he’s “not happy about it,” according to the New York Post.
“He planned on returning to New Jersey on April 15 to meet with Jets doctors and then return to Arizona to avoid being a distraction as trade talks swirl,” the Post reported.
ESPN first reported on Sunday that the Jets planned to enforce the language in Revis’ contract that requires him to participate in the workouts to get the bonus money. It also reported that Revis would prefer to stay in Arizona to continue his rehab from an ACL tear, but will join his teammates next Monday.
The 27-year-old has been the focus of hot and heavy trade speculation this offseason with Jets owner Woody Johnson reportedly unwilling to offer him a lucrative long-term deal.
Revis, who hasn’t been shy about his displeasure, is slated for free agency after the upcoming season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers — considered the only serious suitor at this time — are “apparently growing impatient with the process,” Yahoo! Sports reported. The Bucs are offering a “combination” of draft picks and would give Revis his mega-money deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.
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