NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets coach Rex Ryan and new general manager John Idzik praised cornerback Darrelle Revis from the scouting combine late last week.
But team brass — including Ryan, Idzik and owner Woody Johnson — never met with the irked All-Pro’s representatives in Indianapolis, according to the New York Daily News.
“One NFC executive told The News that there is a sentiment around the league that Johnson not only isn’t interested in making Revis the highest-paid defensive player in the league … but that the owner doesn’t want to sign the cornerback to a lucrative long-term deal at all given the dire state of the franchise,” the Daily News reported.
There’s persistent speculation that Gang Green will attempt to trade the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback this offseason. Revis expressed his frustration on Twitter after hearing of the reports last month.
In an interview with the NFL Network, Revis said he’d prefer to stay with the Jets, but decision-making “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 responded. “That might be something. That might be an option.”
According to the Daily News, Idzik met with plenty of his players’ representatives while at the combine, including agents for Dustin Keller, Shonn Greene, LaRon Landry and Santonio Holmes, who will reportedly be asked to restructure his contract.
But there was no contact with Revis’ reps, despite being separated by just a phone call — or a short six-minute walk, the Daily News reported.
The reports about New York making its best player available via trade came on the eve of Idzik’s introductory press conference in January. Idzik was tight-lipped on the status of all his players, including Revis, but later told WFAN radio he was “surprised” by the trade speculation “because we really hadn’t had any in-depth discussions — still haven’t.”
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 reportedly carries a $9 million cap hit.
“We’ve always wanted Darrelle to be part of our team, and that hasn’t changed,” Idzik said from the combine last week.
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