Rex Ryan Position On Darrelle Revis Trade Talks? Deal Discussed At Combine, But Jets Coach Reportedly ‘Out Of The Loop’
While it is unclear exactly what coach Rex Ryan's position is on the Darrelle Revis trade talks, at least one member of the New York Jets organization was looking to deal the star cornerback at the NFL combine.
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that new Jets general manager John Idzik "actively" shopped Revis during the past few days in Indianapolis. However, Myers notes that the rest of the Jets brass, including coach Ryan, were "out of the loop" in these discussions.
The All-Pro cornerback has been the subject of trade rumors for about a month. In January, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the Jets would look to deal Revis this offseason. The corner will become a free agent after the 2013 season, and New York owner Woody Johnson reportedly doubts that he can sign Revis to a long-term contract. Thus, Johnson would like to deal the corner now and get something of value in return while he still can.
However, both Idzik and Ryan had denied these rumors to the press, indicating that they both want to keep Revis on the squad if possible. Ryan in particular noted last week that there was "no validity" to this trade speculation, per CBS Sports.
In fact, Ryan joked that the only way he would deal Darrelle Revis would be if he could get a player like Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown in return, according to Pro Football Talk.
However, Rex Ryan told a slightly different story with his actions. As the New York Daily News reported, neither the coach nor general manager met with Revis or his agents during the scouting combine, despite Idzik and Ryan staying just three-tenths of a mile away from the cornerback's representatives while in Indianapolis. Still, Ryan had no reason to meet with a player who was under contract, so this report could just have been a way for Revis' agents to get the public on the cornerback's side.
While this early posturing on both sides makes Ryan's position on a Darrelle Revis trade unclear, the coach's prior comments indicate how much he values his top corner. Back in 2011, Ryan called Revis the best player in the league, according to ESPN New York.
Even at the combine Ryan praised the corner, per NJ.com. The coach told the press last week that he felt Revis could have a comeback similar to that of Adrian Peterson. Revis tore his anterior cruciate ligament early in the 2012 season, while the running back suffered a more serious injury in late 2011 yet came back to win the rushing title the following season.
But, as Yahoo! Sports noted, it might not matter whether Rex Ryan wants to trade Revis or not. The directive to shop the cornerback is apparently coming from Johnson himself, so the coach may have no choice but to go along with a potential trade if he wants to save his job.
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