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These should be celebratory times for New York Jets fans. Their team is was a preseason pick to make it to the Super Bowl and they also begin the new season of HBO’s Hard Knocks tonight as well.
Instead, Jets fans are watching the 2010 season go up in smoke potentially thanks to the duo of Darrelle Revis and his uncle, former NFL star Sean Gilbert.
Back in 1997, the aforementioned Gilbert staged a season long holdout as a member of the Washington Redskins.
A year later, Gilbert sported a Carolina Panthers jersey. His reward for holding out for a year was plentiful.
Washington traded Gilbert to the Panthers for two first-round picks. Meanwhile, the defensive tackle signed a seven-year, $46 million contract with Carolina. Thus, in the long run, Gilbert was the winner despite having to sit out a year.
Now, he is providing guidance to Revis about the cornerback’s current holdout.
Gilbert’s involvement should concern Jets fans greatly. When recently interviewed by the New York Daily News regarding the Gilbert ordeal in ’97, then-Redskins general manager Charley Casserly said it was pretty clear that he achieved the desired effect.
“In Sean Gilbert’s case, he actually made more money by holding out for the season.
Thus, Gilbert’s impact and influence on Revis could put a big dent in New York’s hopes of reaching the Super Bowl.
The fear on Jet side of the fence is palpable. When owner Woody Johnson says there is a chance Revis might not be back this season, it should be taken seriously.
Ultimately, Revis wants to be the highest paid cornerback in football, a title currently held by Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha.
Any contract offer less than or equal to Asomugha’s deal (three-year, $45 million with $28 million guaranteed) will mean Revis not reporting to camp…or any thing else Jets-related.
With Gilbert firmly in the Revis camp, don’t expect Revis Island to open anytime soon. It’s closed for renovations until further notice.