Darrelle Revis reportedly seeking historic megadeal

Much has been made of the ongoing (never-ending) Darrelle Revis saga. The Jets reportedly are exploring the idea of trading the Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback, who’s apparently drawing a “gold rush” of interest around the league.

While another team would have to part with a high-round pick (or two) to land Revis, they’d also have to line his pockets with cash.

A lot of it.

Sources tell the New York Post that Revis is seeking a contract “just north of” Mario Williams‘ pact with the Bills — six years, $96 million with $50 million guaranteed. ESPNNewYork confirmed as much, adding that Revis is “believed” to be looking for $16 million annually and $60 million guaranteed.

A megadeal of that magnitude would make Revis the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.

With those seemingly long-standing demands in mind, The Post reports Gang Green began shopping Revis prior to his season-ending injury in 2012, “a clear indication they have had no plans to sign him to the long-term contract he wants.” At the time, at least least one general manager contacted Revis’ agents to get a feel for the situation.

Attempting to assuage further dramatics, new Jets GM John Idzik recently reached out to Revis, who’s held out twice in his career (most recently in 2010). It doesn’t seem like it did much good, however.

“(Revis) is raw emotionally right now,’’ a source told The Post.

Idzik made his bones dealing with the salary cap, so he already likely has a clear indication of which direction he’ll go. Considering New York boasts the league’s worst cap situation, that direction probably doesn’t involve giving into Revis’ astronomical demands.

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  • Goonions

    Revis is a great player no doubt but he is a contract head case. No amount of money is ever enough for this guy. Give him a megadeal and he will for sure want to renegotiate that in a couple of years. I would never allow this guy on my team no matter how good he is. Just not worth it.

  • Brian Kelly

    No corner is worth $16+ million a year. I don’t care how good he is. Especially coming off injury. No one man is a team. Safeties can make or break a corner. Ask the Eagles. Now, if marketing is going to make your money back and that’s all you care about, so be it, but what goes around comes around. Business is long term, not short. The players are who the fans watch but they (the players) don’t risk a penny to make their money. The owners do. Who wrote into law that players should never have to work again after the age of 30? Is it my fault they don’t save a dime while their playing? I have to work till 60 to get a pension. I’m ok with players making millions but come on $16 million for a corner? Not if I”m the owner.

  • Brian Kelly

    This is why smart drafting is so important. Finding that diamond in the rough. Let the other teams do all the overspending. When that idiot player wants to be overpaid because he thinks he is the whole team. Unload him!! I don’t care how good he is. I’m not saying to be super cheap, just reasonable. These contracts are out of hand. Why do you think it cost $300 bucks for a jersey and $250 to go to a game for seats in the clouds. They drive cable costs up…. The owners are going to make their money. Their not in business to lose. Players now want to make what the owners make without risk. Their pay should be paid by team wins and loses. They should be paid as a team. Not as an individual. Then you would see real competition.