On Sunday, Michael Lombardi reported that New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis is looking for a new contract that will pay him an average of $20 million per year. Revis’ agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, called the New York Post to quickly shoot down that story.
“We have never spoken to Mike Lombardi — ever, not even when he worked for the Raiders,” Feinsod told The Post. “Where he’s getting his information I don’t know, but it’s not coming from our side.”
Revis, who finished second in the NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson and started in the Pro Bowl, is likely seeking at least similar money to the $15.1 million Raiders’ cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is making.
Asomugha signed a three-year, $45.3 million deal last offseason, a contract that makes him, based on average salary per year, the fourth-highest-paid player in the NFL.
The three players above him are Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers ($16.7 million), Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer ($16.2 million) and Giants quarterback Eli Manning ($15.3 million). Peyton Manning, considered by many as the most valuable player in the league, makes an average of $14 million.
Only three players last season — the Giants’ Eli Manning, Chargers QB Philip Rivers and Bears QB Jay Cutler — made more than $20 million last season.
Revis last week hinted that, should he believe that the Jets are not backing up their promise to ink him to a new deal before the season, holding out of training camp, which begins Aug. 1, is not out of the question.
He won’t get $20 million a year, but Revis is going to get paid and get paid big time money. Scott Pioli needs to pay close attention to how these negotiations progress because a new deal for his own young cornerback isn’t far behind.
I’m not saying that Flowers is as good as the man they nicknamed “Revis Island” but to say he isn’t in the next group of corners isn’t doing him justice. Last year Flowers was a top 15 corner while playing with a bum shoulder and without any legitimate starting-caliber talent playing behind him at safety.
If he is healthy in 2010 and the Chiefs defense improves as many expect under new coordinator Romeo Crennel, Flowers will be in a position to demand a contract resembling at least the one Oakland gave to Asomugha.
The higher Revis sets the bar, the more that Flowers and his agents will be looking for before he becomes a free agent following the 2011 season.