Darrelle Revis has said numerous times that he wants to remain a Jet. But the three-time All-Pro cornerback has gotten no indication that the feeling is mutual.
During an NFL Network interview that aired Monday night, Revis made it clear that his future with the Jets rests in the team owner's hands. ". . . It starts from the top. It starts with Woody Johnson,'' Revis said.
Asked if he thinks Johnson doesn't want to pay him enough to retain him long-term, Revis said: "That might be a situation . . . that might be something. It might be an option.
"If I do get traded, I'm not going to sit here and pout and cry. But I told them numerous times that I want to be there. So it's up to them and management and what they want to do."
The Jets -- a salary cap-strapped team in need of skill-position players -- must figure out if they can afford Revis, who staged a 36-day holdout in 2010 before signing a front-loaded four-year, $46-million deal. There's no guarantee, of course, that Revis, who suffered a season-ending left ACL tear in Week 3, will be a shutdown cornerback again.
The night before new general manager John Idzik's introductory news conference Jan. 24, a CBS Sports report said Johnson is "very interested" in trading Revis, and by morning, the rumors were running rampant.
"I was speechless because I didn't get a phone call," Revis said when asked for his initial reaction to the trade speculation. "I know it's a business -- just call me; don't have it lingering out there. I need answers and I'm not getting any. Just the fact that that was put out there instead of contacting your best player on the team. If that's how you want to do business, then that's fine."
Revis called the timing of those trade rumors "kind of rude because it was John Idzik's first day on the job." But he said the speculation hasn't affected his recovery because "I know my worth. I know that I'll be back."
The Jets, however, haven't said one way or the other.
As of right now, Revis said, the front office hasn't given him an indication that he'll remain a Jet. He said he has spoken with Rex Ryan, adding that his coach wants him to remain with the team "but I think me and him both know it's a business.''
He added, " . . . I don't know if they're doing that because they think I'm not going to get back to 100 percent. I'm a Jet till they tell me I'm not a Jet."
Idzik was noncommittal about Revis' future but called him later that day "just to make sure he knew exactly what was going on from our end."
That seemed to help Revis' frame of mind. "He's a straightforward guy," he said of Idzik. "He didn't cut no corners. He just said he don't know. He don't know what's going on, it didn't come from him. Talking to him, that one conversation, I respect him."