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Monday, February 18, 2013
Revis: 'It starts with Woody Johnson'

By Rich Cimini

The two most important takeaways from Darrelle Revis' interview with Andrea Kremer of the NFL Network:

1. The Jets' star cornerback indicated he has talked to Rex Ryan since the trade rumors surfaced, and he said the coach wants him to remain a Jet. That's more than Ryan gave us Jan. 24, the day of John Idzik's introductory news conference, when everybody in the organization was in non-committal mode on Revis.

2. Revis is trying to paint owner Woody Johnson as the bad guy, suggesting Johnson doesn't want to pay what he feels he's worth. Make no mistake, there will be a lot of posturing from both sides as this story heats up over the next few weeks.

Here's the full interview, which aired Monday night:

Q: On what he thought when he heard reports that there were talks about trading him:

DR: I was speechless. I was speechless because I didn’t get a phone call. 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). Just the fact that that was put out there instead of contacting your best player on the team. If that’s how you want to do business, then that’s fine.

As soon as the season is over, you try to make changes as management. You try to do what you can to build your team and restructure your team. It was kind of, to me, rude because it was John Idzik’s first day on the job (when the trade reports surfaced).

Q: On what Idzik said to him in their first conversation:

DR: He was a straight-forward guy. He didn’t cut any corners. He just said he doesn’t know; he doesn’t know what’s going on, that (story) didn’t coming from him. Just from talking to him that one conversation, no, I respect him.

Q: On what Ryan said to him when he called:

DR: A bunch of things. Me and Rex, we have a cool relationship so it wasn’t really more so all about being traded and things like that -- it was other things; how’s the family, how are you doing? I know Rex, he wants me to be here but I think me and him both know it’s a business.

Q: On if it's not necessarily Ryan's decision if he stays or gets traded:

DR: No, I wouldn’t think. I’m sure he’ll have a say-so but overall, no. It starts from the top, it starts with Woody Johnson.

Q: On if he feels that Johnson doesn't want to pay him to keep him on the team:

DR: That might be a situation. That might be something. That might be an option. If I do get traded, I’m not going to sit here and pout and cry, but I told them numerous times that I want to be there so it’s up to them and management of what they want to do.

Q: On if he feels that anyone has given him any reason to feel confidence that he will be with the Jets:

DR: No. I don’t know if they’re doing that because they think I’m not going to get back to 100 percent. I’m a Jet until they tell me I’m not a Jet.

Q: On how this has affected him while he tries to keep his focus on rehabbing his knee:

DR: It’s not really affecting me in that way because I know how good I am as a player; I know my worth, I know that I’ll be back. That’s just all on me being competitive.