NFL Notebook: Source says Revis will report to camp on time
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Darrelle Revis plans to show up for training camp.
A person familiar with the decision said the New York Jets' All-Pro cornerback expects to report with the rest of his teammates Thursday in Cortland, N.Y., rather than hold out in a contract dispute for the second time in three summers.
Revis, 27, who starred at Aliquippa High School and Pitt, said a month ago at minicamp that he was unsure if he would report for training camp while looking for the Jets to rework the $46 million, four-year deal he signed in 2010.
Generally considered to be the best cornerback in the NFL, he is due to earn $13.5 million in the next two years after the deal was front-loaded with $32.5 million in the first two. He has 18 interceptions in five seasons and has been selected to four Pro Bowls.
Coach Rex Ryan will also be a topic of discussion as camps open. Ryan, who once topped out at 348 pounds, is down to 243. Ryan hadn't wanted to discuss his weight loss until he passed the 100-pound mark. "I feel good because I know I look better than I did," he said Thursday, before quickly adding in typical fashion, "which is not saying much." ... Quarterback Tim Tebow has been working on his throwing mechanics with baseball pitching guru Tom House. House not only has schooled pitchers, but has come to work with NFL quarterbacks including Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Alex Smith.
Quarterback Drew Brees is stepping into suspended teammate Jonathan Vilma's fight against the NFL over his season-long suspension. Vilma's attorneys filed an affidavit Saturday in federal court in New Orleans supporting Vilma's effort to discard the suspension imposed over his alleged involvement in a program offering bonuses to injure opponents. Brees swears in the document that "I have no knowledge of a pay to injure program existing, and yet to personally see any evidence that would substantiate these allegations.".
First-round draft pick Mark Barron, a safety from Bowl Championship Series champion Alabama selected seventh overall, agreed to a five-year contract. Barron is expected to become a starter for a team that allowed an NFL-worst 494 points last season.
Running back Marshawn Lynch apologized for drawing negative attention after his arrest last weekend on charges of driving under the influence.
On-field officials who have been locked out by the league went on the offensive this week and alleged that the NFL is only paying lip service to player safety if they proceed with their plan to hire replacement officials. Members of the NFL Referees Association were locked out June 3 after talks broke down.
None of the replacement officials will come from the top college division because they all are barred from accepting NFL jobs by the colleges, said NFLRA president Scott Green. Therefore, "to take seven officials who have not worked Division I [college] games or not worked the last several years, and to put them on the field has got to be pretty unsettling not only to the players and coaches, but to the fans," Green said.
Players know the current officials are consistent in their calls, Green added, but they won't have any idea "what will be called or seen and what won't be, and that will be a product of how the game is being affected."
First Published July 22, 2012 12:00 am