Darrelle Revis has made it clear “numerous times” that he wants to remain a Jet. But the three-time All-Pro cornerback said during an NFL Network interview that aired Monday night that he has gotten no indication the feeling is mutual.
“I was speechless because I didn’t get a phone call,” Revis, who is currently rehabbing his torn left anterior cruciate ligament, 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.”
“As soon as (the season’s) over, you try to make changes. You try to do what you can to build your team and restructure your team. And it was, to me, kind of rude,” he said with a laugh, “because it was John Idzik’s first day on the job.”
The GM said he spoke to Revis over the phone after his introductory press conference last month “just to make sure he knew exactly what was going on from our end.”
“He’s a straightforward guy,” Revis said of his conversation with 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.”
The Jets – a cash-strapped team in need of quality skill position players – must figure out if they can pay Revis, who staged a 36-day holdout in 2010 before signing a front-loaded four-year, $46-million deal. However, there’s no guarantee Revis – who suffered the season-ending injury in Week 3 – will return as a shutdown corner again in 2013.
The cornerback said the trade speculation hasn’t affected his recovery because he’s knows how good of a player he is. “I know my worth,” he said. “I know that I’ll be back.”
The only question is: do the Jets agree?
Revis said he spoke to Rex Ryan, adding that his his coach wants him to remain with the team. “But I think me and him both know it’s a business. I’m sure he will have a say-so, but…it starts from the top. It starts with Woody Johnson.”
Asked if he feels the Jets owner doesn’t want to pay enough money to keep him a Jet, Revis paused for several seconds: “Um…..That might be a situation. I mean, that might…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.”
And as of right now, Revis said, the front office hasn’t given him an indication that he’ll remain a Jet. “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 til they tell me I’m not a Jet.”