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Jets May Not Even Give Darrelle Revis Opportunity To Accept Pay Cut & Just Release Him Outright

Jason Cole of B/R, citing a Jets’ source, reports that the team may not even offer CB Darrelle Revis the opportunity to accept a pay cut next year and could instead release him outright.

According to Cole, Jets owner Woody Johnson feels “betrayed” by Revis after he pushed really hard for them to re-sign Revis. However, Revis hasn’t come close to living up to expectations and Cole says that people previously warned Johnson about signing Revis to this kind of contract.

Yesterday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News spoke to a Revis’ “confidant” who said that the Jets’ cornerback no longer wants to play anymore.

“He’s done,” the confidant told Mehta. “If he had his way, he’d be done right now. He doesn’t want to play anymore. He’s made a lot of money.

Mehta’s source believes “he tanked it” this season for the Jets.

Revis’ play has come under a lot scrutiny this season, given that he’s been beaten a lot and admitted that his body could be breaking down.

Revis previously explained that while his body is breaking down to some degree, he can still play in the NFL.

“Yeah, I am. I mean, not in a bad way. I can still play,” Revis said, smiling. “It’s just, I’m breaking down. I’m 31. How many corners are 31 right now in the league? The league’s getting younger. I know [Vikings cornerback Terence] Newman’s still playing [at 38], which is impressive. But I don’t know how he’s doing it.

Revis added that retirement isn’t a consideration for him right now and his focus remains on taking care of his body and helping the Jets win games.

“I’m not thinking about retirement at this moment,” said Revis. “I’ve just got to continue to take care of my body. Some of the past injuries, they linger. They linger.”

Revis stands to make $15 million in 2017, which includes a $2 million roster bonus on the second day of the league year, so the Jets would almost certainly make a decision on his future by then.

Revis, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2007. He’s currently in the second year of his five-year, $70 million contract that includes $39 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $17 million (2016), $13 million (2017), and $10 million (2018-2019) over the remainder of the contract.

According to OverTheCap.com, Revis still has $6 million of his 2017 salary guaranteed, which means releasing would free up $7,333,333 in available cap space while creating $8 million in dead money. However, those figures could improve to $9 million in available cap space while creating $6,333,333 in dead money if he was designated as a post-June 1 release.

This season, Revis has appeared in 10 games for the Jets and recorded 43 tackles, no interceptions and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 92 cornerback out of 120 qualifying players.