Revis used the term "set the bar" approximately 15 times during his roughly 20 minutes of answering questions Monday afternoon, following the Jets' first session of mini-camp. With no hesitation, Revis time after time affirmed that he expects market value for his services and to be the top-paid player in the league at his position. Revis confirmed that general manager Mike Tannenbaum told him that he deserves to be the highest paid cornerback in the league.
"Yes he did [say that], face to face," Revis said.
Sitting out training camp is a possibility, according to Revis, who said he was fully aware of the financial ramifications of a hold-out. Revis participated for much of the mini-camp session on Monday morning, but sat out the later portions of the session with what he termed as feeling "light-headed."
"I wasn't aware of that," head coach Rex Ryan said when asked about Revis sitting out the latter part of the morning session. Ryan later added that he wouldn't want a player on the field who wasn't feeling right of 100% focused.
Throughout his post-morning session comments, Revis constantly referred to the $45.3 million dollar, three-year deal signed by Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha last February – although he never referred to the specific deal or Asomugha by name. Revis says he "doesn't have to be paid that much but my [agent] team is gonna fight for that." Revis said that the "bar is set" in terms of his value, based on the Asomugha deal.
"It's about loyalty," Revis said. "You sit here and tell guys you're the best player in the league…you're not showing loyalty."
Revis commented that he feels that he is worth the money based on his past performances and the fact that every year, the market value goes up.
"The number? That's the number, they set the bar," Revis said.
Following the morning session, Rex Ryan spoke broadly about the situation. He said that if Revis was a no-show at mini-camp, the Jets would move on.
"We're about the decals, not one individual," Ryan said, who later in the press conference called Revis the best cornerback in the league. "Do I think Darrelle Revis will be here? Yeah."
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