New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is reportedly interested in having his team's front office explore trading perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis this offseason.
Revis, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, caught wind of the reports and reacted on Twitter.
"I'm speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!," Revis tweeted on Thursday afternoon. "I guess we'll see how this plays out."
The Jets introduced newly-hired general manager John Idzik to the media on Thursday. Idzik has full authority on personnel matters and declined to comment on the futures that Revis and quarterback Mark Sanchez have with the franchise.
"I haven't had a chance to sit down and go through the roster, so I think it would be presumptuous to say anything," Idzik said according to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger. "One of our first steps is to go through our roster in great detail, that includes Darrelle and everybody on the roster."
Johnson was dismissive of the idea that the team would trade Revis, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
“I don’t know where it came from,” Johnson said. “I would never say anything about contracts."
As Shutdown Corner noted on Thursday morning, trading Revis in 2013 would exacerbate the Jets' salary cap issues as prorated amounts from an $18 million option bonus in 2011 would accelerate onto the team's cap this season, increasing Revis' cap hit from it's current $9 million to $12 million. A more prudent approach would be to have Revis demonstrate that he has fully recovered from knee surgery before making a decision on whether or not to trade him during the regular season, sign him to an extension or let him walk in free agency and bank on receiving a valuable compensatory draft choice in 2015.