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After a month of holding out, Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets has finally come to an agreement with the team and will be ready to go next Monday night verse The Baltimore Ravens.

The terms of the deal were in favor of the Jets. 4 years 46 million with 32 million guaranteed. In total, including the 3 he has remaining, that is 7 years. 3 short of the amount he wanted and a couple million less then he desired but at the end of the day Revis I would assume decided why lose a year and hurt my status more.

One thing though that I did find annoying was not from Revis or The Jets. It was the response of the fans to Revis finally getting signed. I saw a lot of “Finally, it took this long. Come on Darrelle.” or “Whatever Darrelle, way to waste all this time for no reason.” To those Jets fans from a Jet fan myself, you are ignorant and do not understand that without Revis on the field the team in no shape or form will live up to it’s expectations this season. Revis is the corner stone to the defense. Would you rather have Cromartie, Mr. I Can’t Tackle as your number 1? I didn’t think so. Be glad he signed. Just a week ago you were crying for him to sign. Don’t slander him now.

“I’m coming home baby!!! Revis Island. Let’s Go,” Revis tweeted shortly after midnight.¬†Revis welcome home. The left side of the field has been waiting for you. Now go shut down some receivers and show the critics AGAIN why you deserved the money.

Tim Dimas

@TimmyD_WSJU

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As the first episode of this season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” came to a close Wednesday night, Jets fans were probably hoping for more than just a cameo from star cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The Gang Green Pro Bowler, who has held out of the first two weeks of training camp in pursuit of a new contract, was featured just once in the show’s season opener, reminding Jet fans that this may be just the tip of the iceberg in what could be long contract negotiations.

But what really IS the big hold-up in all of this? Revis, who has been praised by teammates, coaches, and media alike as the best corner in all of football, is looking for a significant raise on his rookie deal, which still has three years remaining on it. Critics argue that, if he really is the best in the game, why not pay him like it?

The problem with this seemingly simple concept lies, believe it or not, 3,000 miles away in Oakland, California.

This is the point where a football problem turns into simple economics. The Oakland Raiders, in all their desperation, signed star corner Nnamdi Asomugha to a deal that includes two years with $28.5 million guaranteed, making him the highest paid cornerback in NFL history.

Now this is not to say that Asomugha doesn’t deserve top tier money, but what Al Davis and the Raiders did was effectively inflate the market value of a shutdown corner.

It’s Economics 101.

Compared to other positions, a corner, no matter how good, probably isn’t worth $14 million a year, but, the Raiders have set the water mark and now every negotiation will work from that statute. Darrelle Revis and his agents now know that a team is willing to pay $14 million a year for a player similar in style, so he wants that money plus $2 and a bag of sunflower seeds.

But, in reality, two years of close to $30 million in guaranteed money is ludicrous. Especially with a looming lockout next season, almost no other team is willing to put that kind of offer on the table.

So what is there to do? Revis is within his right to hold out. The Jets are within their right not to pay him because he is already under contract. Owner Woody Johnson has already acknowledged his doubts about Revis returning to the field for the 2010 season and the rest of the Jets organization is sticking to the basic rhetoric that, “if he’s here, great, if he’s not, we have the same goal…win a Super Bowl.”

This is what it boils down to: Revis wants his money. The Jets are in no place to offer his the deal he wants, so there is very little light at the end of the tunnel. The two sides have publicly agreed to take discussions behind closed doors, so the next we will hear would probably be an agreement of some sort. But, only time, and some creative bargaining, will tell when that can happen.

Dan Martin

@Dan_MartinWSJU

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After reports earlier this week were released that Houston Texans Linebacker Brian Cushing had used performance enhancing drugs during his rookie campaign and would be suspended the first four games of the upcoming 2010-2011 NFL season. That though was not the worse of it for Cushing. Reports later came out about having a due over in the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Award which meant Cushing had a very good chance that he could be stripped of his award.

Today the voters went in and came out with the decision. Cushing had gotten 39 votes originally. This time Cushing would receive 18 votes, 21 less then the first time through but even so it was enough for him to keep his award as the runner up Jairus Byrd of The Buffalo Bills received 13 votes.

So Brain Cushing will remain the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. He said that he was disappointed in the leagues ruling of suspending him but his championship mind set would still be in place when he returned from his 4 game suspension.

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