Jets GM John Idzik noncommittal about Revis trade talks, draft
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- John Idzik stayed true to form, keeping all business-related matters close to the vest.
For almost a half-hour Wednesday, the Jets' first-year general manager expertly evaded inquiries about the team's draft-day plans, trade negotiations with the Bucs for Darrelle Revis and whether Tim Tebow will be a part of the 2013 quarterback competition.
Idzik did divulge that he had a "nice talk'' recently with Revis, but he chose not to acknowledge the ongoing communication between the Jets and the Bucs regarding the three-time All-Pro cornerback.
"We won't discuss any supposed talks or true talks or club-to-club talks or player-to-club talks,'' Idzik said.
Revis, who underwent reconstructive knee surgery in October, had to leave Arizona (where he was rehabbing) and return to the Jets' facility Monday for the start of their voluntary workouts, or risk forfeiting $3 million in roster bonuses because of a clause in his contract.
Idzik avoided answering whether the team had considered allowing Revis to return to Arizona in the coming weeks, and instead said the Jets "wholeheartedly support'' whatever is best for Revis' rehab and want to be "intricately involved'' in the process.
"In the end, we just want what's best for the player,'' Idzik said, adding that the Jets are "pleased'' with how Revis' left knee looks.
Reports of the Jets' interest in trading Revis -- who suffered a non-contact ACL tear during Week 3 at Miami -- have circulated since Idzik's first day in January. But according to the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs' front office and coach Greg Schiano believe the Jets' asking price (Tampa Bay's 13th overall pick, as well as third- and fifth-round selections in next week's draft) is too high, given the trade market for Revis.
Tampa Bay is the only known suitor interested in acquiring the cornerback, who wants to be paid approximately $15 million a year.
Idzik didn't provide any clarity on the Jets' position.
"I don't like looking too far ahead, I really don't,'' he said of dealing Revis, considered to be the league's best shutdown corner when healthy. "Everyone's anxious to know. We prepare for different things that could happen and we let things play out. I don't like to get into speculation or the percentages, or 'What's your gut feel?' ''
Nevertheless, Idzik reiterated that a trade, for any player, is always a possibility.
"A trade is certainly a viable option,'' he said. "We will definitely look at any trade possibilities and see if it benefits the Jets. We'll have open discussion on potential trades, and a lot of them may be our own 'what if?' scenarios. But we'll explore all avenues to try to better our roster, to increase the competition on our roster.''