Darrelle Revis surprised at trade talk
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets general manager John Idzik was introduced to the media Thursday at a late-morning news conference. Three hours later, he was immersed in his first crisis.
While Idzik was getting comfortable in his new office, star cornerback Darrelle Revis, whose name surfaced Wednesday night in reports that said the team is open to trading him, fired off a tweet that raised the intensity level in what looms as an offseason drama.
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"I'm speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!" Revis tweeted. "I guess we'll see how this plays out."
Idzik's new job just got a lot harder.
The former Seattle Seahawks executive, hired Jan. 18 to replace Mike Tannenbaum, who was fired, stressed "the power of we over me" in his opening remarks to the media. But he refused to say whether the "we" includes Revis, who is entering the final year of his contract and could be shopped in trade talks.
Idzik, owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan, who once called Revis the greatest player in franchise history, were noncommittal. They wouldn't even say if they want him on the team.
Idzik said "it's way premature" to discuss Revis' situation, claiming every player on the roster is under evaluation. He also declined to comment on quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, both of whom face uncertain futures.
"You guys know how I feel about Darrelle," Ryan said. "But as John said, all decisions will be made in the best interest of the football team."
Johnson didn't deny reports that indicated his willingness to explore a trade, saying, "I don't know where that came from." He then fell in line with the company stance, saying Idzik needs to assess the roster before any decisions are made.
It was a stunning reversal for the team, which only two years ago said its goal was to make Revis a Jet for life.
Johnson isn't optimistic about the Jets' chances of re-signing Revis to a long-term contract before he becomes a free agent in 2014, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
"I gathered from Woody that, in his mind, (Revis) is gone," the source said.
Revis, who has a history of acrimonious negotiations with the Jets, signed a four-year, $46 million contract after a preseason holdout in 2010. The deal stipulates the Jets can't use the franchise tag on him, meaning he will hit the open market next year if an extension can't be reached.
Complicating matters is that Revis is three months removed from major knee surgery. He also likely will seek at least $16 million per year, which could be prohibitive for the cap-strapped Jets, who could use him as a bargaining chip before losing him next year with no compensation.[+] EnlargeAP Photo/Julio CortezNew Jets GM John Idzik declined to discuss the situations of Darrelle Revis and Mark Sanchez at his introductory news conference on Thursday.
The Revis bombshell was the big news on Idzik's first day at the team's facility. Ryan said he laughed to himself as he drove to work in the morning, listening to the Revis chatter on the radio shows and thinking what a way this was for his new boss to be greeted.
"Pretty interesting," Ryan said.
It's always interesting around the Jets, who have been lampooned for the circus-like atmosphere. Idzik, 52, spoke no ill of the team he inherits, praising Ryan, the personnel department and the overall vibe in the building.
"I don't look at it as repair," said Idzik, who attended a breakfast with every member of the organization. "I look at it as fostering what we have here. ... I don't sense dysfunction."
In other developments:
• Idzik has no past connection to Ryan, but said he's excited about working with him. Ryan echoed those sentiments about Idzik, who had no choice but to retain the polarizing coach.
Ryan was part of the package, as Johnson indicated after the season that Ryan -- despite two straight non-playoff seasons -- would be back in 2013. Idzik will have a say in Ryan's fate after the season.
"That's a collaborative decision between John and I, but John will certainly have something to say," Johnson said.
Neither Johnson nor Idzik issued a playoff mandate for Ryan.
• Idzik will have the final say on personnel, but Johnson went so far as to say it will be "even more collaborative" than in the past, meaning Ryan could have more power.
"I like the fact that he's going to include several people, including myself," said Ryan, who faces a make-or-break year.
Idzik said his role as the GM is to "provide direction and develop a consensus in the building," essentially an extension of the Tannenbaum philosophy. "I might be the guy that hands in the card, but what's on that card, those are Jet decisions."
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• Idzik defended his qualifications for the job, claiming his background on the business side won't hamper his ability to make personnel decisions.
"I'm extremely comfortable in that area," said Idzik, the son of a former NFL assistant coach who believes his life is "rooted in football." This is his first GM job.
• Ryan all but confirmed that Sanchez, who was benched late in the season, will return. He said Sanchez, almost untradeable because of an $8.25 million guarantee, is "popping out of his skin" to work with new coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
"He needs to erase his hard drive," Ryan said of Sanchez.
Later, in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM, Idzik said he expects to bring in competition at quarterback. Tim Tebow isn't expected to be part of the team's plans.
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