New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis' holdout is starting to get dangerously close to the beginning of the season. A Jets' defense without its best player, Revis, certainly will put the team at a disadvantage entering the regular season where the team hoped to make it to the Super Bowl.
But for Revis, there is much more at stake then just his holdout for payment as the best cornerback in the NFL. According to the NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith a NFL lockout may be inevitable for the 2011 season. Smith has complained that the NFL owners want billions of dollars back from the players in any new collective bargaining agreement ("CBA") to save the 2011 season.
Well, where will those billions of dollars come from if a new CBA can be reached?
In the NFL labor world, the owners want less and less guaranteed money to be paid to its players. In a league with an 100% injury rate, the owners continue to press from non-guaranteed contracts.
This is the problem for Revis. If he holds out too long, like the entire season, Revis may return to a very different NFL with a much different contract landscape. Let's face it, the NFLPA hasn't done a great job protecting its players. In the NFL, the owners have had the upper hand in the CBA outcomes.
If Revis doesn't grab as much guaranteed (and upfront) money in 2010 as he possibly can, there may not be any left if and when the NFL comes back after a nasty lockout battle.