After a week of angry accusations thrown back and forth and doomsday talk about the chances of getting a contract signed, there's finally some good news in the negotiations between the Jets and Darrelle Revis.
The two sides issued a joint statement on Thursday saying that they would no longer be airing their dirty laundry in public.
"Both parties have had conversations to clear the air and will continue to negotiate with the hopes of reaching an agreement. From this point forward, all discussions regarding these negotiations will remain confidential."
No one who has ever watched one of these contract squabbles play out actually expects to see both sides adhere strictly to this agreement but it is still good news. The Jets and Revis's representatives had to speak and agree to send out this statement and anything that puts those groups on the same page is a good thing at this point in time. Once you agree, it becomes easier to agree to something else and a series of small things can lead to the big moment.
Even more than that, this public lockdown -- we think it will last through the game with the Giants -- will allow everyone to cool off after a week that threatened to create so much acrimony that lasting damage was a real possibility. Maybe it ratchets back up but a little break and a ticking clock should get everyone back to the business at hand which is, obviously, getting Revis back with the team as soon as possible.
No one should worry that this reticence will become an organizational philosophy, however. The Jets are still going to flap their gums and they are still going to say anything that comes to mind using any words that come to mind. Rex Ryan caught some flak from his mother about his language during the first episode of "Hard Knocks," but said Thursday that he's going to keep being himself.
We wouldn't have it any other way and assume that HBO is on the same page.