Darrelle Revis: New York Jets CB Must Heed Kris Jenkins' Advice and Not Hold Out

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 26, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets walks to the field before the start of the Jets game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The more the New York Jets try to change, the more things stay the same.

This team has been working to shed its image as a roster full of arrogant locker room cancers that do not have a leader and only look out for themselves.

If they truly want to lose that reputation, one of the most popular players—Darrelle Revis—needs to end any talk of holding out and show up to training camp.

Kris Jenkins was a good guy and leader during his playing days.
Kris Jenkins was a good guy and leader during his playing days.Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Kris Jenkins, a former Jet that was with the team during its two most recent AFC Championship runs, definitely agrees with that opinion.

According to Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger, the retired nose tackle said the young star cornerback has to assume a major leadership role in the locker room. At the ESPN The Magazine Pre-Draft Party in Manhattan, Jenkins said:

I respect Revis, I respect the way that he plays the game. I think he does have the heart of a defensive lineman in a cornerback's body. I know Revis always got to do what's best for him, what's best for his business, his brand, but in my opinion I think at the end of the day, he has to realize that he has to be a leader, he's that guy now.

Jenkins brought up Revis’ extended holdout that was a huge distraction during the 2010 offseason, which finally rewarded him with a four-year (technically seven, but practically four), $46 million contract with $32 million guaranteed. Jenkins said:

Him taking that time out, especially with what happened last year with the locker situation with Santonio and the other receivers and all that, they need consistency right now. I think he has enough money. I think it's time for him to get out there and make it more than about just getting a dollar.

As an expected captain of the team, Revis cannot afford to set a terrible example by holding out again—a mere two years after getting a huge payday. It will be seen as selfish by a group of players attempting to come together for another postseason run.

The Jets could be a great team in 2012-13, but they need someone to lead them both on the field and off. The All-Pro corner must step away from Revis Island and start thinking about his teammates as much as he does himself.