Darrelle Revis’ future in a Jets uniform remains as muddled as ever.
Refusing to acknowledge the trade rumors swirling about his star cornerback, Jets general manager John Idzik spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon and would not delve into specifics about Revis. Only once during the press conference did Idzik mention Revis by name and only in reference to the rehabilitation of his knee injury.
Idzik would neither acknowledge the trade rumors nor signal that Revis will be a Jet this upcoming season.
“I don’t like looking too far ahead; I really don’t. I know everyone is anxious to know. We’d love to know who the 53 [players on the roster] are. We’d love to know who we’re going to draft in another couple weeks,” Idzik said. “We prepare for different things that could happen and we let them play out. I don’t get into speculation or percentages or what [is] your gut feel.”
Coming off a season-ending knee injury suffered in the Week 3 win in Miami, Revis continues to recover and is ahead of schedule. Reports this week said that Revis is able to run with no restrictions.
Much like the trade talk, Idzik wouldn’t provide specifics about the rehabilitation of his star player.
“Most of that stuff is going to stay internal but we’re pleased with everything that has happened so far,” Idzik said.
The Jets insisted Revis appear this Monday for the start of organized team activities (OTAs) to get a look at his knee up close. It was reported that Revis wanted to stay in Arizona and continue his recovery there.
“We’ll maintain that whatever is best for Darrelle and rehab, the Jets will wholeheartedly support. And that’s true with any player going through rehabilitation. We want to be involved in that obviously and we work with all the medical staffs involved in that. Certainly whenever a player comes into your building and you get to see him and firsthand get involved in the rehabilitation. That’s always a plus from our standpoint,” Idzik said.
“There’s a lot of factors that go into rehab schedules and who is doing what where. We take that into account. But in the end, we want what is best for the player.”
A four-time Pro-Bowl selection, Revis is arguably the best defensive player in the league when healthy. After this season, Revis can opt out of the contract extension he signed in 2010, which now leads the Jets to explore options to recoup some value on their franchise player.
Speaking about his philosophy on building a team, Idzik signaled that no player is off the table if it can help the team.
“A trade is certainly a viable option. We will definitely look at any trade possibilities and see if it benefits the Jets,” Idzik said. “We will explore all avenues to better our roster [and] to increase the competition on our roster that will make us better. We will hold firm to any type of transaction that can help us out.”
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