Darrelle Revis ended his five-week holdout and has reached an agreement with the New York Jets.
Revis’s deal is a reported four-year $46 million deal that will leave him short of Nnamdi Asomugha‘s record contract. Revis’s new deal will pay him an average of $11.5 million per year while Asomugha’s contract pays him $15.1 million a season.
Since Revis is only in the third year of his six-year rookie contract, the Jets were able to convince Revis and his agents that this deal was his best option because it will pay him a top salary now instead of making him wait another three years to become a free-agent.
The guaranteed money was the biggest hangup during the negotiations between the two parties. His new contact will pay him $32 million guaranteed and will leave him an opportunity to negotiate another deal by the time he reaches 30.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Rex Ryan flew down to Florida and met with Revis himself to discuss the specifics of their situation.
“There was an energy in our building, in this team, when we knew that Darrelle was coming back,” coach Rex Ryan said.
“It was like a boyfriend and girlfriend but the parents won’t let you get together,” Ryan said. “That was kind of how I felt. He wanted to play, I wanted him to play, but for some reason it wasn’t happening.”
Rex Ryan has no doubt showed an immense amount of loyalty to his team and players which will leave a lasting impression in the eyes of his players. The Jets can finally get back to living up to the Super Bowl hype that they helped build this preseason.