Thursday, February 21, 2013
Jets resort to spin with Darrelle Revis
By James Walker
When New York Jets general manager John Idzik met the media a month ago during his introductory news conference, he would neither confirm nor deny reports that star cornerback Darrelle Revis would be on the trading block this offseason. But after four weeks of deliberating and strategizing, the Jets had their story straight and resorted to spin Thursday at the NFL combine.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan says he expects to keep Revis on the roster next season. Ryan also said the Jets haven't had trade discussion with any teams.
But it's only February, so that doesn’t mean much. It also doesn’t mean New York won't entertain trade talks with Revis in the coming weeks and months, especially closer to April's NFL draft.
"Could there be a trade? Yeah, anybody could be traded. But do I expect there to be a trade for Darrelle Revis? No," said Ryan, according to ESPNNewYork.com. "But that doesn't mean something couldn't come up."
If Revis has assurance that he will not be traded by New York, he's certainly not acting that way. Revis is still upset about the trade rumors.
"I was speechless because I didn't get a phone call,” Revis told the NFL Network. “I know it's a business. Just call me, don't have it lingering out there. I need answers and I'm not getting any."
Revis suspects this is coming from ownership. Revis is going to get a mega-contract in 2014, and Jets owner Woody Johnson probably can’t pay it. New York is barely under the salary cap this season.
Although it makes a lot of sense for the Jets to trade Revis now and see what they can get for their best player, Idzik didn't offer up any clues Thursday in Indianapolis.
“Suffice is to say, Darrelle Revis is a great player," Idzik said. "He's a great New York Jet. We're in the business, quite simply, of acquiring, developing and maintaining great players. Darrelle Revis certainly fits that mold. We're happy to have Darrelle as a New York Jet and we hope to have Darrelle as a New York Jet."
The Jets would be silly not to at least explore trade options, but they must be mindful not to further upset their best player. Therefore, expect plenty of Revis spin from the Jets for the rest of the offseason.
If Revis cannot get a firm answer from the Jets, neither can the media.