NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Darrelle Revis says he’s told the Jets “numerous times” that he wants to stay in New York.
But there’s persistent speculation the team will attempt to trade the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback this offseason.
“If I do get traded, I’m not going to pout and cry,” Revis said in a taped interview with the NFL Network, which aired Monday night. “It’s up to them and management and what they want to do.”
The reports about New York making its best player available via trade came on the eve of new general manager John Idzik’s introductory press conference. Idzik was tight-lipped on the status of all his players, including Revis, who took to Twitter to express his frustration.
“I was speechless; I tweeted it out I was speechless,” Revis said. “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.”
“It was kind of, to me, kind of rude,” he added, “because it was John Idzik’s first day on the job.”
Idzik told WFAN radio last month that he was “surprised” by the trade speculation “because we really hadn’t had any in-depth discussions — still haven’t.” The GM got in touch with Revis and earned the respect of his unhappy cornerback.
“He was a straightforward guy,” said Revis. “He didn’t cut no corners. He just said he don’t know. He don’t know what’s going on … that didn’t come from him. Just from talking to him that one conversation, I respect him.”
The 27-year-old also said Rex Ryan “wants me to be here,” but knows it’s not the coach’s call. Revis even leapfrogged Idzik on the decision-making ladder.
“I know Rex, he wants me to be here,” said Revis. “I’m sure he’ll have a say-so, but overall no, it starts from the top. It starts with Woody Johnson.”
Revis was asked if he thought the Jets owner didn’t want to pay him.
“That might be a situation,” he said. “That might be something. That might be an option.”
Revis — widely considered the NFL’s top cornerback — has been rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered early in the 2012 season. The final year of his contract in 2013 carries a $9 million cap hit, according to the New York Daily News.
Revis said he hasn’t been given a reason to feel confident he’ll stay with the team.
“No. I don’t know if they’re doing that because they think I’m not going to get back to 100 percent,” he said. “I’m a Jet until they tell me I’m not a Jet.”
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