Darrelle Revis has recently sat out of minicamp practice and faked an injury to make a point to Jets management. His point is he wants to get paid like the best defensive back in the league, which he is (by far). Other than Patrick Willis and Haloti Ngata, Revis is the best defensive player in the league.
Last year, Nnamdi Asomugha signed a three-year, $45.3 contract with the Raiders. Revis is looking for a deal with at least equal money, but with more years. Currently, he’s scheduled to make $1 million for the 2010 season (his third season of his six-year rookie contract).
We all know Revis is one of the best players in the league. The question is: Is he worth $100 million?
Yes. Here’s why.
Revis’s last three (and only three) seasons (48 games):
166 tackles, 64 passes defensed and 16 interceptions
Asomugha’s last three seasons (46 games):
95 tackles, 20 passes defensed and 3 interceptions
Revis’s stats blow Asomugha’s out of the water. Revis dominates in every major statistical category for a DB. Why is this important? The NFL’s players and their agents negotiate based on positional comparisons. In other words, if Asomugha is making the most money in the league as a corner, and Revis is a corner, and Revis is putting up far better stats than Asomugha, it stands to reason that Revis should be paid far better than Asomugha. This is the same principle used when a player is tagged as a franchise player (when a player receives a one-year deal worth the average of the top-five player contracts at their position) or a transitional player (average of top-ten player salaries at that position).
With a $1.5 billion dollar stadium now in place (half of which the Jets are responsible for), what’s another $100 million to secure the best defensive back in the league for the prime of his career? Especially considering you play in a division with Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Brandon Marshall. The Jets will also play against many other elite receivers (Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, Andre Johnson and Chad Ochocinco) throughout the 2010 season. When they do, they will need Revis, badly.
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