Welcome to the Jets, John Idzik, where you have a team $19.4 million over the salary cap coming off a disappointing 6-10 season.
Idzik was welcomed to his introductory press conference with reports that owner Woody Johnson would like to trade star CB Darrelle Revis, who missed most of the 2012 season with a torn ACL. While the Jets have several starters approaching free agency, we had heard prior to the GM search that dealing with Revis’ situation would likely top the to-do list for Mike Tannenbaum's replacement.
Idzik apparently tried to smooth over any unsettled feelings because of the trade talk by phoning Revis on Thursday, something that Idzik said was well received by the star cornerback.
Revis is due $6 million in 2013, with bonus money reportedly due on March 16. He wanted a new deal last year, and the front-loaded contract he signed in 2010 can void after 2013. Idzik, Johnson and head coach Rex Ryan avoided addressing the possibility of trading Revis, but none of the Jets’ brass said it’s a certainty Revis would be on the roster in 2013.
The way we hear it, Idzik’s experience working with the salary cap was a big reason he was hired — and unlike other “cap gurus,” Idzik has scouting and personnel experience. Contracts given to Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes in recent years have been problematic, something Johnson would like to see fixed.
“I never saw the cap situation here as a hindrance or anything like that. It’s something that you research, you work through (and) you evaluate, just like we evaluate our roster,” Idzik said Thursday. “We make the moves we think are best for the Jets. I’m fully confident we’ll be able to do that and we’ll have a fruitful offseason.”
Idzik has many challenges in the coming months, and his experience working with the cap will come into play first and foremost with Revis. Ryan's involvement with the Revis situation could make things tricky as well, as the head coach likely would not want to part ways with the star of his defense heading into a make-or-break season for his own future with the Jets.