NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — How serious are the Jets about trading Darrelle Revis?
According to numerous sources, New York is “strongly leaning” toward shipping the four-time Pro Bowler for a blockbuster package, CBSSports.com reported. Naturally, there is no shortage of suitors for his exceptional services.
One NFL general manager told the website that the interest in the cornerback is “one of the biggest potential trade markets for a player ever.” He added that it compares to when Reggie White left Philadelphia and when Peyton Manning was available on the free-agent market last offseason.
“There’s a Revis gold rush forming,” another GM told CBS Sports.
When general manager John Idzik was introduced to the media on Thursday, owner Woody Johnson was asked about New York trading Revis. He made a quick statement regarding the matter and then moved on, saying, ”I don’t know where that came from.”
When Idzik took to the podium he was also predictably asked about the status of the three-time All-Pro, and he offered a rational response.
“I think it’s way premature to say anything specific,” Idzik said in regard to Revis. ”I think it would be presumptuous to say anything on that.”
According to CBS Sports, the Seahawks, 49ers, Ravens, Patriots, Broncos, Bills and Packers are highly interested in acquiring Revis. It’s unlikely, however, that the Jets would trade the 27-year-old to an AFC East rival.
The 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year took to Twitter to address the trade rumors on Thursday.
“I’m speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!,” Revis tweeted following the Jets’ news conference. He followed that up by tweeting, “I guess we’ll see how this plays out.”
Revis originally signed a seven-year contract three years ago, but a clause allows him to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season. The language in that contract also does not allow the Jets to tag Revis in any way.
Revis is scheduled to make $6 million next season, including incentives.
The 27-year-old suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament early in the 2012 season and missed the remainder of the campaign. In just two games played, he recorded 11 tackles, forced a fumble and had an interception.
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