Jets general manager John Idzik spoke to the the New York media on Wednesday and addressed the Darrelle Revis trade rumors, saying the that trading Revis is a "viable option."
The Darrelle Revis trade saga has resulted in little official word from the Buccaneers organization, and with good reason, as NFL rules prohibit teams from commenting on players under contract elsewhere.
But on Wednesday at a news conference in New York, Revis’ general manger John Idzik did address the future of the Jets’ star cornerback somewhat.
While Idzik didn’t make any major revelations, he is leaving the door wide open according to a story from the New York Daily News.
“I don’t like looking too far ahead,” Idzik said when asked whether Revis will be on the Jets in 2013. “I really don’t. 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.”
Idzik stated he was willing to do whatever it takes to make the Jets better, even if that includes trades.
“We will always believe that,” Idzik said. “A trade is certainly a viable option. Yeah, we will definitely look at any trade possibilities and see if it benefits the Jets. We’ll have open discussion on potential trades… We’ll explore all avenues to try to better our roster, to try to increase the competition on our roster.”
By all accounts Revis is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn ACL that happened last September in a game against the Miami Dolphins. Idzik also commented on the Jets insistence that Revis join the Jets in New York as he continues to rehab as opposed to Arizona where Revis reportedly preferred to have stayed. $3 million of Revis’ $6 million dollar 2013 salary is based on attending workouts with the team in New York.
“Certainly whenever a player comes into your building and you get to see him and you get to first-hand be involved in the rehabilitation, that’s always a plus,” Idzik added. “That’s always a plus from our standpoint. But there’s a lot of factors that go into rehab schedules and who’s doing what where. So we take that into account. In the end, we just want what’s best for the player because… we’re after the same thing – get a thorough and complete rehabilitation and get him back on the field as quickly as we can.”
Reports surfaced recently that the Buccaneers think the Jets’ price tag of Tampa’s first-round pick in 2013 (13th overall), a second-rounder in 2013 or 2014 and fifth-rounder is too much to pay for Revis, but Idzik seemed to deny on Tuesday that the there have even been a firm proposal made.
“It’s been speculative,” Idzik said. “I don’t think any of that has impacted us at all…. We’re just trying to pay attention to what we feel are the important tasks at hand and not get distracted by anything that we think is on the periphery or superfluous.”
Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik is expected to address the media on Monday at One Buccaneer Place.
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