If you're one of those long suffering, green wearing gluttons for punishment, collectively known as Jets fans you've already heard the news by now – Darrelle Revis might be holding out for a better contract.
But before you rip your newly purchased Tim Tebow jersey off in despair and curse the football Gods that made thee, I have a message for you: don't panic. Despite what the media may make you think in the coming weeks whether or not Revis decides to holdout is not actually a big deal.
Don't misunderstand me, I am not suggesting that Revis not playing for the Jets next year would not be a big deal. Revis is the game's best cornerback and the patron saint of secondary defense everywhere. Rex Ryan's defensive schemes and Revis' unmatched talent have made the Jets defense one of the most potent in the NFL in recent years. Revis' absence from the team next year would be monumental The Jets would have almost no chance against their AFC East rivals. The New England Patriots would laugh at them, the Buffalo Bills would thumb their noses, and even the rebuilding Miami Dolphins would give them a run for their money in the standings.
And that's why Jet fans have nothing to worry about.
Revis' importance to the Jets is precisely why there's no need worry about the possibility of a Revis hold out. The Jets can't afford not to have Revis on the field and they know that. Revis may hold out and there may be a media frenzy, but by the start of next year Revis will be wearing green and creating instant offensive droughts against any receiver in his vicinity.
Revis indicated to reporters last week that he might hold out for an improvement to his contract. If he does, it will be the second time since 2010 that he has done so. On the surface he's behaving like a diva. After his holdout in 2010 he signed a $46 million four-year deal with the Jets. However, the contract Revis and the Jets agreed to, was front-loaded – he was paid $32.5 million over the first two years and if the contract is not changed he will be paid only $13.5 million over the next two years. I know ONLY $13.5 million is a ridiculous sentence. I'd have to write somewhere close to 13.5 million blogs to make that kind of money and $13.5 million is more than most normal human beings can even imagine. However, Revis is not a normal human being, he is one of the best football players in the world and for a player of his skill $13.5 million is actually not all that much. That number would make Revis the 17th highest paid corner in the league. Revis is one of the top 3 or 4 defenders in the game period. He knows he deserves to be more than the 17th highest paid player at his position and more importantly, the Jets know it. Though it might take some time and there might be an ugly holdout, the Jets will ultimately pay Revis enough to satisfy him – they can't afford not to.