The New York Jets are ready to make Darrelle Revis the highest paid cornerback in the NFL — but they are unlikely to make him the league's highest-paid defensive player, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reported Sunday.
From Cimini's report:
Unless new GM John Idzik has a different philosophy than the previous administration, the Jets won't be willing to satisfy Revis' demand to become the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. Their stance, shared by many teams, is that cornerbacks aren't worth as much as pass rushers. They'll make him the highest-paid corner (he's already close to it at $11.5 million per year), but it's hard to imagine them going into the $16 million-a-year neighborhood — unless Idzik revamps the organization's value system.
Revis' name has popped up in trade rumors since the end of the season because he is expected to want a new, long-term contract that would make him the league's highest-paid defensive player. Revis is looking for a contract that would outpace the deal the Bills gave defensive end Mario Williams last offseason. Williams signed a six-year deal worth $96 million, and $50 million of that is guaranteed. The Jets are already $19 million over next season's salary cap.
Revis is only 27 years old. Before a season-ending ACL injury earlier this year, he was thought by many to be the top cornerback in the NFL. Before this season, Revis made four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. Cimini also speculated that if the 49ers lose in Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII because of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's passing proficiency, it could increase calls for the 49ers to make a move for Revis this offseason.