"I have confidence Revis will be here and will be on this team and will sign," Namath said. "I don't think it is going to be long, but believe me, Mr. (Woody) Johnson, the Jets' owner, as well as Mike Tannenbaum (the general manager) and the entire team wants Revis here. And they want to make the deal, it is just going to take some time to work out.
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"Revis has his good reasons for not being here, and they are justified. Mr. Johnson is going to have to change the contract, and they are willing to do that."
Johnson showed his willingness to deal with Revis on Monday, when the owner told Tannenbaum to contact the All-Pro cornerback's agents. Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, Revis' New York-based representatives, confirmed that Tannenbaum got in touch with them that night.
Revis is being fined $16,523 for each day of camp he misses, starting with when the Jets reported Sunday.
"It's justified," Namath, 67, told The Associated Press during a visit to Jets camp in Cortland, N.Y. "This is what I'm saying: This team that I'm looking at today is more suited to be able to follow through with a championship, or to get a championship, than what we've had out there."
Namath's optimism for this year's team largely lies in the continued development of quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has thoroughly impressed Broadway Joe.
"As a player, knowing what it was like for me as a rookie and then the second year, it's a big difference because you really don't know the offense as a rookie," Namath said. "You're learning it. Mark is like, 'This year, let's go play.' He's not impeded by the learning process so much, even though there is continuing education there when you're out there. He's ready to go."
"When I first saw that we lost Faneca, I was a bit confused, upset," Namath said. "The man was a Pro Bowler for a number of years and did well last year, and I still don't know exactly why he's departed. But whoever steps into that slot's going to have a load to carry."
"If our horses up front can do a job similar to what they did last year, we've got a good shot, offensively," Namath said.
"'It's good to see you in green. The kind we wear, you know, and not that funky green they wear down there in South Florida,'" Namath said he told Taylor, with a laugh. "I feel like I've been watching Jason Taylor play most of my life, you know? And what a player. I just hope he stays healthy because he brings a lot to the team, if he's healthy."
Namath enjoys talking football -- "I'm a football-aholic" -- and has started his own Web site, www.broadwayjoe.tv, to communicate with fans on a regular basis to discuss sports and life issues.
"There are some things after living a number of years, I mentioned being a football-aholic, I was another kind of an 'aholic' for a while, too," said Namath, a recovering alcoholic. "Learned some lessons with that."
With that, Namath shook some hands, smiled and posed for a few more pictures.
"We have a team," he said, smiling again, "we're expecting a lot out of this year."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.