After reading opinions and thoughts on the Darrelle Revis trade the past few days, I’ve decided to throw (up) out my two cents. But first, here’s my favorite slice of opinion from one of the contributors at thejetsblog.com.
As mesmerizing as Revis was on the field, he was painful to deal with off of it. He whined. His agents whined. And they did it all through a 50 megawatt smile and with the help of a few select local scribes. How many holdouts is enough for a player of Revis’ status? Hard to know, but I’ll tell you what – I’m not paying that guy 16 million this year just for him to want 20 million in two years and miss all of training camp to make sure he gets it.
There’s this idea that Revis was a leader in the locker room, which I’ve heard countless times on ESPN the last few days. I beg to differ. Revis is (was) a distraction. He was with the Jets for 5 years. During 3 of those years he either held out of training camp (twice) or threatened to hold out of camp (once). And this obviously brought out the press to discuss the matter ad nauseam. I had had enough a couple of years ago when he was the talk of the town during the HBO show Hard Knocks for holding out of camp. During these years he’s voiced his displeasure with Jets management / ownership in public or through his agents, yet was given a pass by most of us (including me) due to his unique talents. Now that he’s signed on with Tampa Bay he’s still whining about how the Jets lied or didn’t treat him right. You know what, I’d love to be in a position of being paid millions of dollars then turning around claiming I wasn’t treated right. Boo hoo!
Well, Mr. Darrelle Revis, I give to you the online equivalent of a backhanded slap in the face… I’m going to unfollow you on Twitter!