Just about the only ones not talking about the Jets pursuing trade options with cornerback Darrelle Revis are the Jets themselves.
On Monday afternoon, in a conference call with season ticket holders, general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan downplayed any talk of Revis being traded. While neither Idzik nor Ryan would come out and say Revis is on the trading block, neither one quashed the rumors dead.
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Ryan came the closest when defending his statements several weeks ago when he said he wasn’t aware of the organization wanting to trade Revis.
"I would stand firm saying there was no truth to that," Ryan said on the call. "I made the comments I made because that's what I believe to be the truth."
The media was allowed to listen to the call but the only ones allowed to ask questions were season ticket holders.
Idzik went so far as to praise Revis, considered the Jets' best player and one of the best defensive players in the league over the past four seasons. He also said Revis’s rehabilitation from a Week 3 knee injury remains ahead of schedule.
Given the Jets' tight salary cap constraints and since their defense still finished with the No. 2 pass defense in the league, it makes sense Idzik would at least be open to offers for his best player.
"Suffice it to say, Darrelle Revis is a New York Jet and we're very, very happy to have him as a New York Jet," Idzik said. "Our focus is purely on getting him better. He sustained a pretty significant injury and he's been busting his tail on his rehab. We're monitoring that closely, and by his doctors' account he's doing very well. He's ahead of schedule."
In addition, the status of Tim Tebow is still very much up in the air. Reports have indicated that the Jets are looking to trade the underutilized Tebow before they would consider releasing him outright. Idzik didn’t commit to much of a future for Tebow with the Jets, but didn’t shove No. 15 out the door either.
"Tim, as you know, is currently on our roster. What we're doing is we're trying to increase competition at that position and at positions across the board," Idzik said. "We're going to let the competition play out, we're going to see who we're able to bring on board and I think that'll be healthy for all concerned, including Tim."
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