Darrelle Revis said on Thursday that he wants to retire with the New York Jets but won't guarantee that he'll be at training camp in July. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Darrelle Revis, the New York Jets All-Pro cornerback said he wants to retire with the team and will honor his contract the best he can, though he won't guarantee that he will be with the team when training camp begins in July, according to an interview he gave Thursday to Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger:
“I want to retire here,” Revis said in an interview Thursday. “I think Mike (Tannenbaum) knows that. I think Rex (Ryan) knows that. (The Jets) drafted me, they gave me a chance, so yeah, I want to be here and never play for another organization again. If they feel that, if Mike feels that I’m that type of person to be here, then they will compensate me. If not, then it’s the business of it.
People think I’m mad or unhappy. I’m not mad or unhappy,” Revis said. “It’s a thing where some things were said, and I think that’s what people are really focusing on. It was a Band-Aid type of contract, and they were going to redo it or renew it, and it hasn’t happened yet.”
According to Vrentas, Revis was never angry over the contract he signed in 2010, which was initially a seven-year-deal but if he does not hold out this summer would become a four-year deal worth $46 million.
Under his current contract, he is paid on average $16.25 million as well as an additional $18 million bonus paid to him in 2011. For 2012 and 2013, his compensation is $13.5 million:
“I could come here every day and make a hassle, ‘I want to get paid,’ but if they don’t want to do that — if Mike doesn’t want to do that — then they don’t want to do that,” he said. “It might be that way. It might be they want to do it, but they’ve got to figure out the best situation to get it done.”