NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets general manager John Idzik was “actively” shopping cornerback Darrelle Revis at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, according to the New York Daily News.
Idzik was thought to be acting at the behest of owner Woody Johnson, with coach Rex Ryan and basically everyone else “out of the loop,” the Daily News reported.
Idzik and Ryan praised Revis from the combine last week.
“With respect to clarity, I don’t know that anything has really changed because we really have always wanted Darrelle to be a part of our team,” Idzik said Thursday. “That has not changed. I think there’s been rumors or stories published and it’s really hard for me or anybody in our organization to speculate and answer to all the rumors or stories that we hear. With respect to Darrelle, we have always wanted him to be a part of the New York Jets.”
How quickly things can change. The Daily News reported on Tuesday that Jets brass never met with the irked All-Pro’s representatives in Indy.
But Idzik found time to meet with “several” interested teams that “could be more willing to pay him what he wants than the Jets,” according to the Daily News.
Reports that the Jets would attempt to trade Revis emerged last month on the eve of Idzik’s introductory press conference, leading the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback to express his frustration on Twitter.
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.”
In late Jan., Idzik told WFAN radio he was “surprised” by the trade speculation “because we really hadn’t had any in-depth discussions.”
Revis — widely considered the NFL’s top cornerback and the Jets’ best player — 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. The 27-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season if he doesn’t skip any mandatory team activities.
OK, Jets fans — do you think there’s any chance Revis remains in green and white? Be heard in the comments…