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.