Thursday, April 11, 2013
Revis ready to begin next phase in career
By Rich Cimini
Darrelle Revis is running again -- but not his mouth.
The Jets' star cornerback, whose rehab from knee surgery is being chronicled by the NFL Network, didn't address the trade speculation in the latest installment, which aired Thursday night.
"There's been a lot of talk," he said. "We'll see what happens -- if I'm there or if I'm not. But that's the next step. That's the next phase for me in my career, these next couple of weeks."
Much to his chagrin, Revis will report Monday for the start of the Jets' offseason program. He prefers to remain in Arizona, where he has been rehabbing since January, but he would forfeit $3 million in bonuses if he doesn't attend 80 percent of the Jets' workouts. New GM John Idzik isn't cutting him any slack even though the team has been shopping him in trade talks with the Bucs. Idzik's stance has created more acrimony in an already rocky relationship between Revis and the team.
Revis could be traded before the April 25 draft. He'll spend the next two weeks rehabbing with the Jets. Before reporting Monday, he'll go to Manhattan to visit with his surgeon, Russell Warren, the Giants' team doctor. He'll have an examination and an MRI, and it's on to the Jets. He won't make the 8 a.m. team meeting.
In the TV piece, Revis is seen cutting, performing agility drills and running on a treadmill. He's hooked up to a contraption that takes 30 pounds off his body, reducing stress on his knee. If he gets cleared by Warren, he can start running without any restrictions. He's six months removed from ACL surgery.
"I can't wait until my name gets called, when I get to run out of the tunnel and just be where I usually [am]," he said. "My comfort zone is to go out there and just play ball. I've played six years. It went so fast. I'm just grateful, I just thank God I got a second chance."
The question is, will it be the Jets' tunnel or the Bucs' tunnel?