New Jets GM Idzik calls Revis to explain situation
NEW YORK (AP) — John Idzik was in full damage control mode in his first day at the New York Jets' facility.
The newly hired general manager reached out to Darrelle Revis on Thursday, a few hours after the star cornerback wrote on Twitter that he was "speechless" about rampant trade rumors.
Idzik told NBC's Pro Football Talk on Friday that Revis "reacted well" to the phone call, which came after the GM, owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan were non-committal about the cornerback's future with the team. Revis expressed his frustration on Twitter, prompting the call from Idzik, introduced as the replacement for the fired Mike Tannenbaum hours earlier.
"We haven't taken that first step, and that's what I relayed to Darrelle," Idzik told Pro Football Talk.
Revis, recovering from a major knee injury, is expected to draw plenty of interest on the trade market.
"I made sure he knew exactly where we were coming from and that this is my first day on the job," Idzik said, "and our message to everyone was, 'Give us a chance to get to know each other and introduce ourselves to each other.'"
A published report Wednesday night said Johnson, concerned that the Jets won't be able to re-sign Revis next year, wants to explore trade options rather than risk losing him for nothing as a free agent next winter. Revis' contract voids after the 2013 season, and he is expected to ask for around $16 million a year.
Johnson would neither confirm nor deny that the report was true, adding that he didn't know where it came from. Idzik and Ryan, who has repeatedly called Revis one of the best players he has ever coached, were also non-committal about the player's future.
"I'm not going to get into any of those specifics right now," Ryan said. "I think, let's let the process run its course and I'm confident that any decision made, that this organization (makes), will be without question in the best interest of this football team."
Revis missed most of this past season with a torn ligament in his left knee, but Johnson said Thursday that it appears the cornerback's rehabilitation is going as planned.
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