Johnson noncommittal on Jets keeping Revis
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was noncommittal on the possibility of a Darrelle Revis trade Sunday night.
PHOENIX -- New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was noncommittal Sunday night on the possibility of a Darrelle Revis trade, insisting the team is not actively trying to deal its star cornerback but refusing to rule out the possibility that it could happen at some point.
"If somebody wants to make an offer, for any of our players, we'd always listen," Johnson said in the lobby of the Arizona Biltmore at the start of the NFL owners meetings Sunday. "We're not actively beating the bushes."
Moments earlier, Jets general manager John Idzik said basically the same thing. While refusing to discuss whether the Jets were actively talking to teams about a possible Revis deal, Idzik did not rule out the idea that such a trade could make the Jets better.
"Any move that we contemplate with any player will be done with the sole purpose of helping the New York Jets," Idzik said. "So if there's merit to that, we'll contemplate it. And if not, we'll move on."
Recent reports have indicated Johnson is tired of Revis constantly complaining about his contract and would rather get value for him now than ultimately lose him to free agency if he knows he won't sign him long term. Johnson characterized those reports as "a little exaggerated," but again did not act like a man vehemently opposed to the idea of dealing his best player.
Both Johnson and Idzik said the Jets' primary focus was Revis' ongoing injury rehab and the hope that he could join the team for a portion of its upcoming offseason program.
Also, Johnson said the team is "focusing on" Mark Sanchez as its starting quarterback right now and expressed hope that new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg could make "some changes that will make it easier for Mark."
"I don't think we've seen the best of Mark Sanchez," Johnson said.
And, of course, the Jets' decision-makers were asked about backup quarterback Tim Tebow, who remains on the roster.
"We're looking at all possibilities for him," Johnson said.
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