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Darrelle Revis' Holdout Just Further Proof How Out of Touch Athletes Can Be


water cooler                  logoDarrelle Revis and the New York Jets are $40 million apart in their negotiations. On the surface this appears to be a huge slap in the face to Revis if you're in the camp who supports his holdout.

However, the Jets (for months) had an offer on the table for 10 years and $120 million. Call me crazy, but what planet does an athlete have to be from to consider $12 milion a season an insult? In the world of sports today, jealousy reigns supreme. When an athlete sees another athlete making a certain amount of money the sense of entitlement kicks in and causes irrational behavior in the form of holdouts which don't hurt just the team, but it hurts the fans as well. Revis wants to be paid $16.5 million per season like Nnamdi Asomugha - the Oakland Raiders' all-world cornerback. Therefore, Revis wants 10 years and $165 million to play cornerback, while an important position - it isn't as important as the quarterback position or left tackle position (more on that later). Let's also keep in mind, that Revis has been in the league for just three years. While he's been a dominant player the past two seasons, he's only done it for two seasons not five or ten! Let's not annoit him Deoin Sanders just yet.

Things have gotten so ugly in these negotiations that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson doesn't think Revis will play at all this season. And, now Johnson and Revis' agent are taking shots at one another in the media.

According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, guaranteed money is the sticking point in these negotiations. Revis' camp wants more guaranteed money. Revis just shows how out of touch professional athletes can be in the age of "The Great Recession." There's nothing wrong with attempting to get more money, but when you're turning down tens of millions of dollars out of jealousy - that's just another reason why more and more Americans are disgusted with athletes in this day and age. With rampant unemployment destroying the lives of millions of people in America, one would think from a public relations standpoint that Darrelle Revis would compromise a little bit. Apparently not.

For those of you who studied Maslow's hierarchy of needs in school or college - think of the quarterback as the equivalent to "self actualization" for an NFL team. They are the most important player on the team for a multitude of reasons and are well-deserving of being the highest paid players in the sport. Below that you have left tackles and elite defensive linemen. There is a good reason why these players are highly paid because they are rare to come by. Cornerbacks on the other hand can be developed and there are far more cornerbacks in the NFL who can make a difference versus elite quarterbacks, dominant left tackles, and elite pass rushers. There are roughly 8 really good quarterbacks in the NFL and only a handfew of difference-makers at the left tackle or defensive end position. Where as there are far more good cornerbacks in the NFL who play at a high level.

There is far less of a drop-off in overall importance between Darrelle Revis and  Quentin Jammer then Peyton Manning and David Garrard.

Jets coach Rex Ryan feels that the Jets will be just fine with or without Revis. It's a proven fact in sports when a team loses their best (or one of their best) player, everyone else steps up their game. We've witnessed it this season with the Philadelphia Phillies and have witnessed it countless times with the New England Patriots and many other teams. The Jets are right to stick to their guns and allowing Revis to sit out. He may be the best cornerback in the NFL, but he's no Deoin Sanders and he's certainly no Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Jonathon Ogden (in his prime). 

Players ultimately are interchangeable, moveable parts, and any cap-savvy GM must understand this. If a General Manager decides to dole out big-money contracts to every single "star" then there won't be enough room to acquire depth.

Utlimately, teams without depth don't make it far in the NFL.