Originally Posted by crasherino
Completely possible. Revis is under contract for this year. Any new deal could easily be structured as an extension. Even if its not, the bulk of the new money doesn't need to hit in this year. The team could create a $30m option bonus om 2014 that is guaranteed.
Exactly, Revis received a 25 million option bonus in 2011 on top of his salary which allowed his salary to be much lower in other years on the same contract.
The problem with signing any player to a low initial payment and compensating with large signing bonuses or option bonuses is that the cap hit eventually comes home to roost.
If the Super Bowl seemed like a distinct possibility, as it did to some when Revis signed his previous contract extension, then robbing Peter to pay Paul makes sense. With the Jets journey back to the Super Bowl something akin to Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy it seems beyond foolish to sign a record breaking contract that will curtail the development of a rooster badly needing an overhaul.
To put it in perspective, paying Revis 15 million a year, if that is what he wants ... puts him on a similar payscale to Eli Manning (7 year 106.9 million).
To me it's not just about the fact that Revis is a cornerback. Even for QB's on Super Bowl calibre teams I think these record breaking contracts can stack the cards against a repeat. Drew Brees last year and Joe Flacco this year, both great quarterbacks but these contracts really tie the hands of front offices when it comes to replenish the free-agent defections which are inevitable. In turn it puts pressure on their front office to hit a home run in the draft every year with cheap rookie talent.