The New York Jets said in a conference call with season-ticket holders Monday that cornerback Darrelle Revis is ahead of schedule in recovering from knee surgery.
Several reporters listened in on the conference call.
General manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan answered questions about the team. Revis was a hot topic, along with the status of quarterback Tim Tebow.
Idzik answered a question about why the team is trying to trade Revis by saying, "By all accounts, by his doctors' accounts, he's doing very well. So we're anxious to get him back, anxious to get him back in the building, get him back with his teammates and have him help us -- help us not only on the field, but in the building with his approach. We're very fortunate to have a player like Darrelle Revis on our team."
However, Revis is due $6 million and is seeking a new deal that will pay him about $16 million, according to ESPN.com. The team cannot place a franchise tag on him because of a clause in his contract.
Ryan denied the team is trying to trade Revis.
"I will stand firm by saying there was no truth to (the trade speculation)," he said.
Idzik also addressed Tebow's future with the team.
"Tim is currently on our roster," he said. "What we're doing is, we're trying to increase competition at that position and positions across the board. 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. That will be healthy for all concerned, including Tim."
The Jets were reportedly looking for a trade partner at the NFL Scouting Combine last week to deal Tebow. Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy are also under contract and the team worked out veteran free agent David Garrard last week.