New Jets general manager John Idzik gets a second crack at addressing the Darrelle Revis situation today when he speaks to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
A month ago, Idzik was non-committal at his introductory press conference when asked about the reports that surfaced the previous night about the team possibly trading its star cornerback. Now, he has had time to learn the roster, meet with his staff and map out his offseason game plan.
Will he reveal much Thursday? Almost definitely not, but he probably will be more complimentary of Revis as a player and avoid inflaming an already delicate situation.
Coach Rex Ryan will also meet with the media Thursday in Indianapolis. Revis revealed this week Ryan called him and told him he wants to keep him on the Jets. Both Idzik and Ryan will have to tap dance around questions dealing with Revis and owner Woody Johnson.
The next few days could reveal what the Jets’ approach will be with Revis. Idzik will be meeting with executives from other teams. It is also likely Idzik will sit down with Revis’ agents. If Idzik wants to shop Revis, now is the time to start. Revis is owed a $1 million bonus in mid-March. The Jets could view that as a soft deadline to work something out.
The eyes of the NFL are on the Jets, watching what they’ll do with the All-Pro cornerback as he enters the final year of his contract. Do they try to sign him to a long-term deal when he may be seeking close to $100 million? Do they trade him now even though his value is low coming off knee surgery?
“The way I see it the Jets need to make a decision,” an executive with another team said. “Let’s assume he returns to full health — do they want him, and do they want him at the top-dollar amount? Because he’s leaving after the 2013 season, with no protection of a franchise tag or compensation coming to the team, if he doesn’t get the elite contract.
Jets need to have sound Darrelle game plan ready
New York Post | Feb 21