NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — New York Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is entering the final year of his contract, talked openly about the possibility of being traded the San Francisco 49ers, saying it would be ‘awesome.’
Revis wants to be among the league’s highest-paid defensive players. The Jets are balancing the desire to keep one of the franchise’s best players and being financially smart. If they believe they won’t be able to sign him next offseason, they would be more apt to try to get something — presumably high draft picks — for him in a deal rather than lose him for nothing.
The 49ers will have a plethora of draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, including a high 2nd round pick from Kansas City as part of a reported trade for quarterback Alex Smith.
In an interview with Seattle fullback Michael Robinson for “The Real Robinson Report,” posted on YouTube on Monday night, Revis said the trade rumors “definitely hit home.”
He was also asked specifically about the possibility of being traded to San Francisco, one of the teams rumored to be interested. “I would just be an addition to help them win that trophy,” Revis said. “Would it be awesome? Yeah. My main goal as a player, and I think of all of us players in the NFL, is to hold that Lombardi Trophy up in the air and wear that ring.”
Jets general manager John Idzik said during a conference call with season ticket holders Monday that there is encouraging news from doctors on Revis’ rehabilitation from a torn ligament in his left knee.
“By all accounts, by his doctor’s accounts, he’s doing very well,” Idzik said. “By their estimation, he’s ahead of schedule.”
But Idzik wouldn’t address the cornerback’s murky contract situation.
“Darrelle is a very valued player on our team,” he said. “Our focus is squarely on getting him healthy, getting him back to his level of play.”
Idzik and coach Rex Ryan answered about 20 questions during the 30-minute conference call. Several were about the status of Revis.
Ryan denied those suggestions last month at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, and did so again Monday.
“I will stand firm by saying there was no truth to that,” Ryan said.
Idzik wouldn’t reveal plans for Tim Tebow, and appeared to hint that the quarterback could be in the mix at the position this offseason. But, Tebow is still expected to be traded or released in the coming weeks after one disappointing season in which he spent most of his time on the sideline — even as starter Mark Sanchez struggled and was later benched.
“He’s currently on our roster,” Idzik said of Tebow. “What we’re doing is we’re trying to increase competition at that position and positions across the board, so we’re going to let the competition play out. We’re going to see who we’re able to bring on board and let it play out this offseason and into training camp.
“So I think that’ll be healthy for all concerned, including Tim.”
The Jets have been in talks with veteran David Garrard, and plan to keep Sanchez, who is guaranteed $8.25 million this season. Greg McElroy and Matt Simms will also be in the competition, and New York could still sign another free agent or draft a young quarterback.
But, it’s unlikely Tebow will be on the roster once the Jets begin offseason workouts. The Jets, by mentioning Tebow, could also be trying to build a trade market for him since most believe New York will end up cutting him.