Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Braylon 3.0? Could be some interest
By Rich Cimini
GM John Idzik and Rex Ryan went on an all-out media blitz Tuesday, with Idzik hitting four radio shows and Ryan one. They also were together for a conference call with season-ticket holders, answering questions from fans. I'm surprised they didn't show up on "The View."
Anyway, here are some nuggets culled from a day of listening to them spit back their talking points:
INTEREST IN BRAYLON: Idzik admitted (sort of) the Jets might have an interest in re-signing WR Braylon Edwards. He acknowledged they're looking upgrade their depth, and he had some nice things to say about Edwards, whom he knows from their few months together in Seattle last year. Idzik: "I know [Edwards] very well. Guys like that would be under consideration as we go forward, for sure."
TINY TIM: Ryan added to the postmortem on Tim Tebow, saying they misused the former backup quarterback. Said Ryan: "We really didn't take advantage, in my opinion, of his skill set. It's nobody's fault. Ultimately, it's my fault."
REX'S FUTURE: There was a lot of talk about Ryan's future, considering he's perceived as a lame-duck coach. That, Ryan admitted, is motivation. He said, "To say I don't have a chip on my shoulder and I'm not going to show it ... Well, I'm going to show it." Naturally, Idzik said he and Ryan make a good team, and the GM avoided any comments about Ryan's future beyond 2013.
TO TELL THE TRUTH: Idzik took umbrage with Darrelle Revis' claim last week that he was misled by the GM. Revis basically called Idzik a liar for telling him he wasn't going to get traded. Asked if he misled Revis, Idzik said, "Absolutely not. I've been called a lot of names in my career -- and will be in the future -- but 'dishonest' is not one of them. Honestly and integrity will always be a calling card of the Jets. It always will be a big part of who I am. It will never change and it certainly didn't change in my relationship and communication with [Revis]."
Q RATING: Ryan admitted that DT Quinton Coples could be used as an edge player, with Muhammad Wilkerson and rookie Sheldon Richardson playing inside.
CONTRACT UPDATE: Turns out that RB Chris Ivory signed a three-year, $6 million contract, including a $2.25 million signing bonus. His cap number this year will be $1.5 million. RG Stephen Peterman signed a one-year, $905,000 contract, including a $65,000 signing bonus.