GM John Idzik: Darrelle Revis' rehab ahead of schedule

The Jets' new general manager, John Idzik, talks

The Jets' new general manager, John Idzik, talks to media at his introductory news conference. (Jan. 24, 2013) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Jets general manager John Idzik said Monday that Darrelle Revis is ahead of his rehab schedule, but he steered clear of discussing the cornerback's sticky contract situation.

In a conference call with season-ticket holders, Idzik reiterated that the Jets are "very fortunate" to have Revis and "we're anxious to get him back and have him help us on the field and in the building" after he had surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Rex Ryan, who also was on the call, again denied the validity of rampant trade rumors involving Revis, a three-time All-Pro cornerback. "I will stand firm by saying there was no truth to that," the coach said.

Revis isn't so sure. In an interview with Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson -- who hosts a Web-based show titled "The Real Robinson Report'' -- Revis said the recent rumor that he was being shopped at the combine hurt.

"This definitely hit home, especially being one of the best players out there,'' Revis said.

"But my main focus is, it really doesn't matter where I be at. I'm confident in what I do, whether it be there with the New York Jets or with another team."

The 49ers have 14 picks in next month's draft, and Revis mused about playing for them.

"This is a team with a great coach, [Jim] Harbaugh, and great players. They did it without me last year. I would just be an addition to help them win that trophy.

"Would it be awesome? I mean, yeah . . . They're definitely a contender and they'll be a contender for the next couple of years. We'll see. My representatives are going to do the best job they can for me, whether I stay a New York Jet or I have to move on somewhere else.''

Idzik and Ryan fielded questions on the call for about 30 minutes, with topics including the Jets' draft needs, their outlook on free agency and -- naturally -- Tim Tebow.

"He's currently on our roster,'' Idzik said of the seldom-used backup quarterback. "What we're doing is we're trying to increase competition at positions across the board . . . so I think that'll be healthy for all concerned, including Tim.''

Nevertheless, Tebow is expected to be traded or released after free agency starts next Tuesday.

Garrard: 'Ideal situation'

Although he has not played in an NFL game the past two seasons, free-agent quarterback David Garrard said the Jets "loved what they saw" in his Thursday workout.

The Jets have reiterated that Mark Sanchez will have competition in camp. Garrard, 35, believes he should be in the mix.

"I see the Jets as a perfect opportunity to compete for the starting job," he said. "It is an ideal situation, not taking anything from Mark."

Jets don't tag Keller

The Jets did not use their franchise tag on tight end Dustin Keller before the 4 p.m. deadline Monday.

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