The Jets have a new general manager. Pretty soon they’ll have a new assistant GM, too.
Will the Jets consider a quarterback such as West Virginia’s Geno Smith or Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib so high in the first round? Or with an eye on the future, might they consider Mike Glennon or Florida State’s EJ Manuel in the second round?
John Idzik acknowledged that he and Darrelle Revis recently had “a nice talk.” Other than that, the new New York Jets’ general manager divulged very little, particularly about the swirling trade rumors involving the star cornerback.
The New York Jets released veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace and three other players, clearing about $31 million in salary cap space.
“This is a guy who was successful in high school, won championships in college, and he’s the type of person who’s either going to be successful as a pro quarterback or die trying,” Tannenbaum said.
General manager John Idzik won’t release Tim Tebow before March, according to a report, and will instead attempt to trade him.
Exhibit A: Mark Sanchez’s contract, a major factor in the Jets’ salary cap predicament.
“I think the brand is promoted by winning,” Tannenbaum said. “…All (Johnson) cared about was winning. You guys have been to our facility, (and) it’s the best facility of any team in any sport in the country. And that’s really what he cares about.”
“It was my decision,” Tannenbaum said. “…We felt that it was going to be another club in the bag to help us on offense. That was our thinking when we made the decision.”
If Revis decides after next year that he wants another big payday, then the Jets will be left with no Revis and no compensation were he to depart via free agency.
John Idzik declared his first order of business is to review the Jets’ entire roster and decide who stays, who goes and who they need to come in and be part of the solution.
“This was, for an opening press conference, somewhere between awful and disappointing,” Francesa said. “It was not (a) disaster, but it was close. It was anything but forceful … Nothing in anything you heard would make anybody confident.”
The symbolism is always endless around the Jets. And trading Darrelle Revis could raise more than doubts. It could fly a white flag for years.
“He owns the team,” a source told the New York Post in regard to Woody Johnson. “All he had to do was say ‘no.’ Nothing is ever forced on Woody.”
“(It’s a) serious organizational issue at the heart of the Jets’ culture,” one executive told Metro. “I’m not sure if, with all due respect, that what Mr. Johnson is saying adds up.”