After a prolonged holdout, the New York Jets and elite cornerback Darrelle Revis(notes) have agreed to terms on a new four-year, $46 million deal. $32 million of the contract is guaranteed, as reported by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
"I think it's a it's a great deal for Darrelle. I think it's a responsible deal for the team." Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum was quoted as saying. "I'm happy. I'm relieved. Darrelle's a great player. He's our guy ... I really wasn't optimistic.... Until it was done, I really didn't think he'd be here."
Tannenbaum also said that the Jets explored trade options for other cornerbacks in recent days, according to Mehta.
Revis' absence has been one of the primary storylines of the offseason, especially when the Jets' "Hard Knocks" series started a month ago on HBO. Though the team added ex-Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie(notes) in the offseason, New York's preseason defense had been just better than average against the pass after ranking first overall in 2009. Revis was the main reason, as he spent his entire season shutting down elite receivers like Randy Moss(notes) and Andre Johnson(notes).
Apparently, the move that sealed the deal was a visit to Revis in South Florida on Sunday by head coach Rex Ryan. Revis is expected to fly to New York and sign his new contract in time to take the field when the Jets face the Baltimore Ravens for the opening weekend of Monday Night football.
Revis' current contract was set to pay him $15 million over the next three seasons, and just $1 million in 2010. When Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha(notes) signed a three-year, $45.3 million deal in 2009, Revis and his representatives set their price - Revis wanted to be the highest-paid cornerback in the game.
The deal gives the Jets an even more formidable secondary than last season - Revis and Cromartie will be joined by rookie Kyle Wilson(notes), the excellent cornerback from Boise State who had played very well in Revis' stead.
Ocnn reports that @revis24 will be in jersey early thisafternoon.
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