Rex Ryan opened up the floor, ready to take questions in his afternoon press conference with a smile on his face.
"All right, fellas, I've got nothing," Ryan quipped. "Somebody fire something away -- besides Darrelle Revis. Somebody give me something else."
But Darrelle Revis remains the hot topic.
Revis doesn’t regret what transpired Monday, has no reservations about the way things went down on the first day of the Jets’ mandatory minicamp.
The All-Pro cornerback sat out with what he said was light-headedness, but also indicated he was staging a mini protest of sorts and talked about digging in so he can feed his family. Revis, set to earn $1 million in base salary this season, is in the midst if some tense negotiations for a contract extension he said the Jets promised him early in the offseason, and things got a bit messy for the first time yesterday.
“I’m a laid back guy, so when I do talk and it’s a serious matter, I’m going to say what I feel,” Revis said after the Jets’ morning minicamp practice. “That’s what I felt yesterday and I’m not going to take none of it back because that’s how I felt. I’m releasing some of the frustration over the course of months that they promised me they were going to promise me. But like I said before, this is not me, so I’m going to take a step back and re-evaluate things.
“I don’t even talk junk on the field,” added. “I play and I keep it very simple.”
Revis did, however, admit he took things a bit too far when it came to his hamstring. He mentioned Monday – with a laugh – that he also sat out in part because of a hamstring injury.
“I didn’t have a hamstring,” he said, “but the light-headedness? Yes.”
Revis hadn’t spoken with Ryan as of early afternoon Tuesday, but both said they planned on talking at some point later in the day, perhaps after the Jets conclude their second practice of the day. Ryan, who was taken aback Monday when reporters told him about Revis saying he was making a statement, said he wanted to hear what the Pro Bowler had to say about the matter directly.
“It’s just so not him,” Ryan said. “It’s uncharacteristic of him to do -- get out anything. So I’ve got to hear it from the horse’s mouth. I know what he told you guys, but I’m sure there is an explanation. It might just be that this is a thing that he wanted to do and that’s fine. But he knows that’s not right.”
Even with the swirling controversy, though, Revis isn’t ready to pull a Logan Mankins. The Patriots’ Pro Bowl guard, who’s a restricted free agent and hasn’t signed his tender, publicly demanded a trade Monday because he’s unhappy with his contract situation.
Trade? That’s not on Revis’ radar.
“I’m not even thinking about that right now,” Revis said. “We haven’t even discussed that, so I’m not thinking about that. Right now, I’m just trying to be here and be a part of this team.”