On a day when Darrelle Revis made a definitive statement that he isn’t pleased with his contractual situation, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted that the organization is trying to strike a long-term deal "within reason" for the All-Pro cornerback.
“Shortly after we had lost to the Colts, Rex and I had a conversation with Darrelle telling him how well he’s done for us both on the field and off the field,” Tannenbaum said today. “And that we remain committed to trying to get something done within reason that’s good for Darrelle and good for the team. Hopefully, he’ll be here not only in the short term but long term.”
Although Tannenbaum didn’t delve into specifics, it’s no secret that Revis is looking to become the highest-paid cornerback in the league.
“Darrelle is everything we believe in on and off the field,” Tannenbaum said. “We told him that shortly after the season. We remained committed to that. He’s a foundation for this organization. He’s a role model for our players. He’s really been great. I’m really proud to be the GM that traded up for him. Within reason, we want to sign him to an extension that will keep him here long term.”
Tannenbaum acknowledged the importance of re-working Revis’ rookie deal, but pointed out that the uncertain labor landscape could slow down the process. Revis, who is entering the fourth year of his six-year rookie contract, is scheduled to earn $1 million in 2010. (The Jets could buy back the final two years of the deal).
“There’s a number of good young players that we would like to keep,” Tannenbaum said. “I think one of the challenges (is that) we don’t really know what the rules are moving forward. So when you say is he the priority? Darrelle is certainly a priority… When you do these kinds of extensions, you have to look at the totality of the individual both on the field and off the field. We would like to keep a lot of our players because we feel good about our team and we feel good about the character of the players that we have.”
“Fast forward to March 2011,” the general manager added. “First of all, let’s hope there’s a new CBA. There may not be one. … So I don’t know what the rules are. I don’t know who’s going to be an RFA. I don’t know who’s going to be a UFA. I don’t know if there’s going to be a franchise tag. Maybe there’s none. Maybe there’s five of them. So, those are tremendous challenges that we have as a GM profession right now in managing our teams in such uncertainty…. It’s really hard right now because I don’t know who’s going to be in what class.”
Tannenbaum is a realist. He knows every player seeking a new deal will be satisfied when it’s all said and done.
“Is every player going to be perfectly happy with his contract?” Tannenbaum said. “Being in the business as long as I have now, I think it’s rare for any team to have every player perfectly happy with their contract.”
Tannenbaum didn’t confirm Revis’ earlier position that the team promised him a new deal before the start of the 2010 season.
“We’re committed to making sure he’s here short term and long term,” Tannenbaum said. “If we can find a deal that’s good for both sides, we’d like to get something done. When that happens, that’s hard to say. I’m not a huge deadline guy, because if you say the deadline is at 4 o’clock and at 4:01pm they make a reasonable offer, what does that deadline mean? And I hardly ever try to say that anything’s your last offer for the same reason. Timelines are always tough to estimate.”
Tannenbaum also addressed Nick Mangold’s contract:
“We hopes he’s here long term,” Tannenbaum said. “From a GM’s perspective, you talk about Darrelle Revis, you talk about D’Brickashaw (Ferguson), these guys are everything you hope for on and off the field. So when Nick’s deal gets done… can we come up with something that’s fair and reasonable for both sides? Today? Tomorrow? His deal is very challenging given the rules we have. But he remains a priority too - a top priority.”
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