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March 17, 2013

Still with Jets, Revis earns $1M bonus

NEW YORK — Darrelle Revis is still with the New York Jets. And, he’s got $1 million more to show for it.

The star cornerback, the subject of trade rumors, earned a roster bonus as a result of a clause in his contract with New York. According to the clause, the bonus kicked in on Saturday since Revis remains on the Jets’ roster — not traded or cut — at the end of the business day.

There has been intense speculation in the past several weeks that the Jets will try to trade their best player, who is recovering from a torn knee ligament. Some thought that move could have come by Saturday so the Jets could have avoided the clause, but that “deadline” was not considered to be a factor in the team’s thinking.

Revis will receive the bonus later in the year and it counts on New York’s salary cap — whether or not he remains with the team. He also has a $1 million workout bonus that would kick in in late June and another $1 million reporting bonus that would go into effect in July at the start of training camp.

The trade talk could pick up at the NFL meetings in Phoenix, starting Monday. While neither side has publicly said they are interested in a trade, there has been increased speculation that that’s how the situation will unfold.

Revis is entering the final year of his contract, but wants to be among the league’s highest-paid defensive players. The Jets are balancing the desire to keep one of the best players the franchise has ever had and being financially prudent.

If they believe they won’t be able to sign him next offseason, they could be more apt to try to get something — presumably high draft picks — for him in a deal rather than lose him for nothing.

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