I never understood how fans side with Billionaire owners who would shut the sport down if they didn't get their way 2 summers ago. They saw the huge revenues over the next decade and there was no way in hell the players would see that. They would've shut the whole thing down and not give a rats ass.
But when a player, who puts their long term health on line, wants to make as much as they can ,in the small amount of time they have , it's a problem. Don't get it, never will.
If this was MLB and all the Jets had to do was pay a luxury tax, I would be advocating giving him $20MM per year after he shows he is healthy.
Revis is being an unprofessional doosh by airing out the laundry like that. Taking shots at the GM and owner. It is classless. Fight the fight behind closed doors. Handle business like a man.
When it is convenient for Revis then all of this is about business and it is nothing personal. Then, on the other hand when a different PR spin is needed he pouts like a spoiled brat that he was not informed or that he was not informed quickly enough.
All of this is a manufactured storm in a teacup from team Revis. What a complete crock.
I worked in unions the first 15 years besides my stint in the navy, and management for the last 15. Every player that plays for 4 years earned enough money to start thier own business where they can keep as much of the profit as they want.
In the last CBA, the guys that needed it the most got it. The vet min will double and has already gone up 100,000 yearly to over 530,000. I want the league to take care of the Dallas Thomas'es not the Tom Brady's who spend 1/2 mill a year on clothes and jewelry.
I would love to see the league allow teams to only have 8 higher paid players at no more than 40% of the cap so that the other 40 players can make 2 mill a year.
Last edited by patman; 02-18-2013 at 10:09 PM.
I have no issue with him wanting to get paid. He is entitled to seek as much compensation as he wants. The issue I have is how he is handling this publicly.
I don't think we can understate the fact that the Jets HATE Revis' agents. Absolutely detest them and more then likely don't trust them one bit since their last negotiation when Rex screamed at his agents and hung up the phone on them. Maybe Woody Johnson just doesn't want to deal with them ever again, that could be a really big reason why the Jets have kept them out of the loop almost as punishment for the last negotiation and also to show Revis that they are in control, not him.
Also, it is my understanding that in the NFL when two teams are trading players and picks that a team acquiring a player can not negotiate a new contract until the trade and the physicals are totally completed. So any team trading with the Jets for Revis will go in with the idea of signing him b/c of their cap space (i.e. TB) and will give them full value for that trade.
There is no way to anticipate that Revis won't re-sign with that new team b/c the team that is getting him can not contact him until the trade is official. Thus no team will have any assurances that he will re-sign with them, but a team with a sh*t load of cap space (Bengals $55.1, Browns $48.9, Broncos $18.5, Colts $46, Jaguars $22.1, Chiefs $16.1, Vikings $16.1, TB $31.3, Titans $19.4) will most likely only enter into trade negotiations for Revis already knowing what it will take to keep him there long term and if they can afford it. And all of those teams I stated above can afford it. Revis won't just head to FA just to say he did it, if one of those teams offer him a 6 yr $100 million deal 4 games into the season he's not going to turn it down b/c he knows that is the top offer he would get in FA as well. So the argument that Revis can squash the Jets chances of getting max value for him in a trade are unfair. With anywhere from 5-8 teams bidding for Revis I believe that the Jets will get a great package of picks from some team with a lot of cap space to use and desperate for his services (i.e. TB, Cle, Jax, Min).
As I said earlier, I can't recall any player vetoing a trade without a no trade clause. Chances are, if the jets find a trade partner, it will be up to the jets to pull the trigger, not revis. So says history
I believe one way around what you've talked about is a sign and trade deal. Also, I'm not entirely sure that what you said is correct, re: the receiving team being able to work something out in advance.
The Tavaris Jackson trade in 2012 for example:
That sounds more like a trade contingent upon restructure versus a sign and trade deal.The Buffalo Bills and Tarvaris Jackson have reached an agreement on restructuring the final year of his contract, which allowed Buffalo and Seattle to move forward and finalize the trade sending Jackson east, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The Bills announced the finalized trade Monday afternoon, which NFL.com and NFL Network's Michael Lombardi and Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.
Jackson was set to make $4 million in 2012, as part of a two-year deal he signed in 2011. He agreed to a pay cut to facilitate the trade. Jackson can make up to $3 million this year as part of the restructured deal.
Jackson started 14 games for the Seahawks last season, but Seattle brought in free agent Matt Flynn and drafted Russell Wilson in the third-round of the 2012 NFL Draft to compete for the starting role.
Coach Pete Carroll named Wilson the Seahawks' starter after Jackson's trade to the Bills had been reported.