Jets GM: Revis' recovery is ahead of schedule
Cornerback Darrelle Revis is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery, according to the New York Jets, but his long-term prognosis with the team remains sketchy.
General manager John Idzik delivered the upbeat medical news Monday on a 30-minute call with season-ticket holders, who peppered him and coach Rex Ryan with questions about the team. The hottest topic was Revis, whom the Jets are dangling in trade talks, according to sources.
Revis was taken aback to hear the trade speculation that emanated from the recent scouting combine.
"This definitely hit home, especially being one of the best players out there and come to find out you're being shopped," Revis said in an interview with Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, who hosts a web-based sports show. "Yeah, it really hit home, but my focus is, it doesn't really matter where I'm at. I know what I can do."
Revis, addressing possible interest from the San Francisco 49ers, sounded intrigued by the prospect of playing for the NFC champions. He said he'd "just be an addition to help them win that trophy. Would it be awesome? I mean, yeah. My main goal as a player ... is to hold that Lombardi Trophy in the air and get that ring."
Idzik also fielded a question about the future of Tim Tebow, hinting the popular backup quarterback could go to training camp with the team -- but there is no chance of that happening. It may have been a slip of the tongue or simply posturing. The Jets shopped Tebow at the scouting combine, hoping to trade him, according to league sources.
The new GM was mostly tight-lipped on potential moves. When a frustrated caller questioned why the Jets would consider trading a player of Revis' caliber, Idzik changed the subject to something positive -- his progress in rehab.
"By all accounts, by his doctors' accounts, he's doing very well," he said. "By our estimation, he's ahead of schedule.
"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."
It may sound like they want him, but owner Woody Johnson is concerned about their ability to re-sign Revis, who is due to make $6 million in the final year of his contract. The Jets can't use the franchise tag, per a clause in his contract, so he can bolt as a free agent next year.
Revis is believed to be seeking about $16 million per year, so the Jets have to decide whether to re-sign him, trade him or let him play out the season. All three scenarios contain risk. Sources say the Jets will be deliberate, waiting for Revis' torn ACL to heal before making a move. He underwent surgery last October.
Revis is working out in Arizona, where his trainers send weekly medical updates to the Jets' medical personnel. The reports include everything from range-of-motion to overall strength. Barring a setback, he'll be ready for training camp in late July.
"Our focus is purely on getting him better," Idzik said. "He sustained a pretty significant injury, and he's been busting his tail on his rehab. We're monitoring that closely."
Ryan, reiterating what he said last week at the scouting combine, said the trade rumors are just that -- rumors.
"I will stand firm by saying there was no truth to [the trade speculation]," he said.
But the Jets are willing to listen to trade inquiries, according to league sources. The team has yet to conduct any contract talks with Revis' agents, raising questions about the Jets' desire to keep him for the long term.
Meanwhile, the Jets are prepared to part ways with Tebow in the coming days and weeks, as ESPNNewYork.com reported last December. But they're still holding out hope for a trade.
When one caller asked about Tebow, Idzik chuckled.
"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 have three veteran quarterbacks under contract, Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Tebow. They worked out free agent David Garrard last week and remain interested in signing him. They also could add another veteran, perhaps Brady Quinn.
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