INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The New York Jets made one thing clear Thursday. They're not planning to trade Darrelle Revis.
In their most detailed comments since rumors surfaced the team might be shopping Revis, coach Rex Ryan and new general manager John Idzik said they expect Revis to return from his season-ending knee injury as a Jet.
"With respect to clarity, I don't know that anything has really changed because we really have always wanted Darrelle to be a part of our team," Idzik said at the league's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. "That has not changed. I think there's been rumors or stories published and it's really hard for me or anybody in our organization to speculate and answer to all the rumors or stories that we hear. With respect to Darrelle, we have always wanted him to be a part of the New York Jets."
The stories about Revis' potential departure had become so consuming that after Idzik walked to the podium and introduced himself to reporters, he spent the next eight minutes talking almost exclusively about the star cornerback.
When Idzik finished, it was Ryan's turn to speak his mind, and, as usual, he didn't mince words.
"When I called Darrelle up I said, 'Darrelle, let's face it, the man (Idzik) hasn't been on the job for 24 hours and now you're going to get traded?' I thought that was kind of interesting," Ryan said. "And I said, 'You know, it's not accurate. Plain and simple, it's not accurate.' I told him that. If he was to be involved in a trade, I think he and his agents would know about it, as would the general manager and myself, I would think."
That's not where the Revis story ended Thursday.
Less than 24 hours after Revis and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman traded barbs on Twitter, Jets brass was pulled into that, too.