200 Miles From the Citi

August 4, 2010 9:05 PM

Darrelle Revis Is NOT Leon Washington


I've read this more than once since Darrelle Revis became an official holdout, so it's time to address it.

Apparently a major factor in Revis' decision is the Jets' treatment of Leon Washington a year ago.

In 2009, Washington was not given a new deal heading into training camp, but the Jets reportedly promised him they would work something out.  Washington had a very, very short holdout and reported to camp.

He ended up getting seriously injured in Week 7, then was traded by the team on draft weekend.

But I'm here to tell you his situation is not comparable to the one Revis is in.

There are similarities.  They are:

1)  The Jets agreed that Revis and Washington outplayed their contracts.
2)  The Jets promised both players they would take care of them.
3)  The negotiations carried over into training camp.
4)  The Jets don't quite value (financially) each player the way the player values himself.

But I think that's it.  Darrelle Revis is widely considered the best player at his position in the league. He wants to be the highest paid player at his position.  The Jets agree that he deserves that, but they think the value for the position was set too high.

Leon Washington wanted to be paid like an every-down back.  The Jets, rightly so, didn't think Washington was that type of player and shouldn't get that type of money.  Washington is NOT an every-down back.  He's more of a change-of-pace guy from the number one back, or someone you could throw into a Wildcat-type package.  He's also an excellent special teams player...but that's a different set of skills than the every-down types of backs.

These two situations are entirely different.  And it's unfortunate that Washington got hurt...but the Jets didn't really owe him anything.  I thought they took better care of him through that whole situation than I was afraid they were going to - I thought they'd come out of it looking real bad.  But then even the fact that they traded him worked out pretty well for everyone.

Revis won't get traded.  If he allows it, the Jets will take care of him.  He needs to stop listening to Leon Washington.  The whole team needs to stop listening to Leon Washington, who says he's in regular contact with many members of the Jets.

Come to think of it, Leon Washington should just worry about the Seahawks, and leave the Jets alone.

A Member Of