The Jets probably only have to worry about one star holding out this summer. But Darrelle Revis isn't the only player who is less than thrilled with his contract situation heading into training camp.
Tight end Dustin Keller, who evolved into the Jets' most reliable pass catcher last season, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and would like to sign an extension with the Jets, just as fellow young core players such as Revis, Mark Sanchez, Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson have done.
However, the Jets have yet to engage his representative in substantive contract talks, which has left Keller philosophical yet frustrated.
"It's part of the game," Keller told reporters at a charity event Monday. "I still have a year left on my contract, and regardless of what happens, we're going to play out that contract. But obviously the ideal situation would be for me to get an extension."
While Keller would like a new deal, it doesn't appear as if he'll leave open the possibility of a training camp holdout. Revis, on the other hand, continues a passive-aggressive dance with the Jets in which he says he wants to finish his career with the Jets and won't express displeasure with his contract, yet also won't declare he'll report to Cortland, N.Y. on time late next month.
"I can't answer that question right now," Revis told reporters at the Jets' minicamp Tuesday. "I really can't."
Revis said he hasn't spoken to his agents but that he expects to meet with owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum to discuss his future with the team. Revis has two years left on the $46 million extension he signed after missing all of training camp in 2010, but he and the Jets both called that deal a "Band-Aid."
It seems as if that bandage may be ripped off sooner than later. But Revis also appears aware of what a third holdout -- he also missed time before signing his first deal as a rookie in 2007 -- would do to his reputation with Jets fans. During an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger last Thursday, Revis said he wants to play his entire career for the Jets and also said he hasn't explicitly demanded a new contract.
"People think I'm mad or unhappy," Revis told the newspaper. "I'm not mad or unhappy. It's a thing where some things were said, and I think that's what people are really focusing on. It was a Band-Aid type of contract, and they were going to redo it or renew it, and it hasn't happened yet."
Will it happen without a holdout? The Jets -- and Revis -- can only wait and see.
"I think the situation will take care of itself when it's time to," Revis said Tuesday. "When you think about those things, yeah, they're in the back of your mind. But as of right now, you can just focus on what you can do today and improve day by day."