Former University of Pittsburgh cornerback Darrelle Revis, who the New York Jets made the 14th pick in this year’s NFL Draft, finally ended his 21 day holdout and signed with the club in order to get into camp. After missing 23 practice sessions, Revis agreed to a six-year contract worth approximately $36 million.
“It was tough,” Revis said. “Basically being a competitor and being the type of football player that I am, I didn’t want to sit there and see my teammates playing. I was frustrated for a while, but I just looked at the positive side of it and let my agents handle it.”
The Jets were adamant about Revis signing a six-year contract, whereas he was only interested in a five-year deal. The complete contract, which is believed to be over 45 pages long, took a marathon negotiating session to complete, but in the end a deal was finally reached.
Revis was expected to be inserted right into the starting lineup had he signed before camp started, but now he will have to work his way there. Andre Dyson, David Barrett and Justin Miller will be his competition for one of the two cornerback spots. Revis is considered a prototype defender, with solid size at 5’11.5″ and speed, running the 40 in 4.38 seconds. In 35 games at Pittsburgh, he finished with 129 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 25 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two recoveries. Revis also averaged 10.3 yards on 54 punt returns and scored twice on runbacks.