Woody Johnson says he'd be willing to trade Darrelle Revis
PHOENIX -- Woody Johnson wants the Jets to improve, and if that means trading Darrelle Revis, then that's what he's willing to do.
Even general manager John Idzik, who was careful to dodge questions about other teams making offers for Revis, conceded that with all 32 owners, coaches and executives in one spot, the likelihood of a deal -- for Revis or anyone else -- is heightened.
"This is a chessboard and you have to move the pieces around and you're always trying to get better," Johnson said. "If somebody wants to make an offer on any one of our players, we'll listen. We'll always listen."
Revis is rehabbing from a torn ACL and has one year left on his current contract with the Jets. Johnson downplayed the idea that he is unwilling to give Revis an extension beyond 2013, calling it "exaggerated" and "patently untrue."
"I think John is going to be looking at all these possibilities," Johnson said. "If he believes the terms of an extension would be acceptable to the team and would make the team better, we would do it."
Idzik, who spoke just before Johnson, said that for the time being, he will "operate under the assumption" that Revis will be a Jet in 2013. "Any move we contemplate with any player is done with the sole purpose of improving the New York Jets," Idzik said.
Johnson would not say what kind of value it would take to finalize a Revis trade, or what, if any, offers have been made. He did say he believes any team in the league would at least listen to offers for any player, even their best one.
"A team that wants to get better should look at its assets and try to get better with it," Johnson said. "We'd love to have [Revis] on the team. He's great in the locker room, he's an excellent player. And who wouldn't want an excellent player on any team?"
This week we may find out who does.
Notes & quotes: Idzik noted that Tim Tebow still is under contract, but he will "let that play out" throughout the offseason . . . Johnson said he still believes Mark Sanchez is the answer for the Jets at quarterback and thinks new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system will be simpler for him.