The New York Jets did not meet with the agents for cornerback Darrelle Revis during the 2013 scouting combine, but they were "actively" shopping the three-time All-Pro to other teams, Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reports.
According to Myers, interested clubs are now investigating what it might cost them in terms of draft choice compensation and a new contract for Revis, who is scheduled to earn $6 million in cash compensation, including a $3 million base salary, in the final season of a four-year, $46 million "band aid" contract he signed toward the end of 2010 training camp.
Jets first-year general manager John Idzik and returning head coach Rex Ryan have stated that they want Revis on the team, but would always discuss options on any player if a deal would improve their team.
"Me and my job and Rex and everybody involved will always field calls and we’ll always have internal discussions about how we can improve our team day to day, position by position," Idzik said at the combine. "So that is an ongoing process but that is not isolated to any one player and not isolated to any one position. That is just something we do on a daily, a weekly, a monthly basis. Particularly at this time of the year when you are going to into free agency, you are going into the draft.
"So there are a lot of what ifs, if you will, that we will be discussing internally."
Ryan, who referred to Revis as a "tremendous" player, also wouldn't completely rule out trading anyone because you never know what the trade compensation might be.
"I’m going to coach whoever is here, but John and everybody would be involved in that. Certainly, to sit down and say absolutely not, we’re not going to do it, I’m not going to say this player or that player, but if we got Jim Brown in that trade, we would probably look into it," Ryan joked.
Despite toeing the company line, Myers added that Ryan is among those in the organization who are "out of the loop" on trade talks involving Revis.
Two issues complicate a trade for Revis.
The first is that Revis is rehabilitating from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. That injury occurred early enough in the season (Week 3) that Revis should be 100 percent by the start of the 2013, but until he proves he's back to his old self as the top cornerback in the league, teams will be wary about trading for and paying Revis the sort of contract he is seeking.
A second issue is that, according to Myers, the directive to trade Revis is believed to be coming from owner Woody Johnson. If that is the case, Johnson would be exercising veto power over Idzik, who reportedly has final decision-making on personnel matters. Knowing or sensing that the first-year GM has to move Revis off the roster may limit what the Jets could get in return for a uniquely talented player.
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