ESPN’s Rich Cimini had an intriguing story about how Jets players, who are looking for new deals, have Leon Washington’s gruesome injury on their minds.
“CB Darrelle Revis essentially has three years left on his contract, but he’d be taking a big risk this season by playing for only $1 million,” wrote Cimini. “The Jets are planning to buy back 2011 and 2012, guaranteeing him a total of $20 million, but they don’t have to execute that transaction until after the 2010 season, when his deal voids. If Revis suffers a Leon-like injury, do you think the Jets will guarantee $20 million? Unlikely.
“So, yeah, Revis & Co. are freaked out by a potential Washington disaster. Revis told friends that he was unsettled by Domenik Hixon’s freak, season-ending knee injury on the turf at the New Meadowlands Stadium, where the New York Giants held a minicamp practice only one day before the Jets. At any given moment, a career can be altered. That’s why these players want the Jets to show them the money.”
I can understand David Harris and Nick Mangold factoring in Leon’s unfortunate situation to their situations, but I don’t buy it with Revis.
Revis has reportedly been offered $12 million a year in a recession. Not bad. As far I can tell, Mangold and Harris haven’t been offered new contracts.
So for Revis to compare his situation to Washington (or Hixon), when he has a huge offer on the table, is a reach.