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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis walks onto the field for football practice at the team's training facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010. Revis, who had been holding out since Aug. 1, signed a new contract on Monday. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
All-pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is on the practice field for Gang Green, a day after the stud player signed a four-year deal that ended his 36-day holdout and allowed Jets fans a deep sigh of relief ahead of Monday's season opener.
Coach Rex Ryan says Revis, who even out of shape is likely better than most cornerbacks on the field, is expected to be ready to play in the Jets' game next Monday night at home against Baltimore.
Revis caught a pass during warmups Tuesday and received some mock cheers from the other defensive backs. He also worked with defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman on individual work during special teams drills.
Revis, who had held out since Aug. 1, agreed to the deal -- a four-year contract with $46 million with $32 million in guarantees -- Sunday night and signed Monday afternoon. (No doubt anyone who has top Ravens wideout Anquan Boldin in a fantasy league banged their heads against the wall.)
Over the weekend, Ryan flew to South Florida to meet with Revis and his uncle, former NFL defensive lineman Sean Gilbert. Their meeting seems to have addressed some lingering concerns from both parties and contract negotiations started between the team and Revis' agent shortly thereafter.
"This is an intermediate step to what we hope is an entire career of Darrelle as a Jet," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said on a conference call.
Revis made $15 million over his first three seasons in the league after being selected 14th in the 2007 draft. He quickly became one of the premiere defensive players in the league, routinely shutting down the opposing team's best receiver. He was set to make $1 million this year, but wanted to be paid as the highest-paid cornerback in the league. He was asking for $16 million a year.