Revis says Jets lied about trade intentions
Darrelle Revis said Monday that he feels like the New York Jets lied to him when he was told as recently as last week he would remain with the team.
Revis, rehabbing from last October's surgery to repair a torn ACL, was introduced Monday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he was traded by the Jets for a first-round pick this year (13th overall) and a conditional pick next year.
He signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Buccaneers that includes no guaranteed money. He said Monday that the Jets never discussed details of a contract extension with him this offseason before he was traded Sunday.
"There was never talks about it," Revis told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio when asked about extension discussions.
He told ESPN the Jets said "they wanted me here but they never said I was going to be there."
In an interview with New York reporters Monday, Revis explained how he believed the Jets weren't truthful with him about his future with the club.
"I definitely feel like I haven't gotten the truth [from the Jets]," Revis told reporters from the New York Post, New York Daily News and Newsday in Tampa on Monday. "Anyone can sit there and tell you to your face, 'Yeah, you're going to be a Jet.' But what's the truth out of it? What is really the truth?"
In particular, Revis singled out general manager John Idzik, who he said gave him the "corporate answer" in conversations.
"It was more from Idzik," Revis told the reporters. "He told me I was going to be a Jet. He said it then when we first talked and he said it last week, too. I know it's a lie. Not on my part, on their part."
As an example, the new Buccaneers cornerback relayed a conversation he had with Idzik Wednesday at the Jets' training facility in Florham Park.
"He just asked did I want to be a Jet," Revis told the reporters. "I asked him, 'Why would you ask me that question?' "
He said Idzik, in response, "just gave me some corporate answer about something else."
"Just tell the truth, because people want to know what's going on. I want to know what's going on with my career, whether you're going to trade me or you're not," Revis told the reporters.
Idzik told Revis he wanted to retain him, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com, but he never promised anything. Idzik addressed it Sunday night in a conference call with reporters. "Darrelle had a desire to remain a Jet for his career, and I can share with you that we genuinely wanted to follow through with that desire, as well. We shared that desire," Idzik said. "However, it's not as simple as player wanting club and club wanting player."
In discussions with the Jets, Revis' agents also made it clear they weren't going to budge from their $16 million-a-year demand, sources said.
In addition, Revis revealed Monday that owner Woody Johnson didn't discuss with him a possible trade.
"No, Woody doesn't want to talk to me," Revis told the reporters. "He stayed as far away as he could."
In the conference call with the New York media Monday, Revis said Johnson wanted him out. Asked point-blank if he believes the owner was the driving force behind the trade, Revis replied: "Am I a Jet anymore? Well, that's your answer to all the questions."
At his introductory news conference in Tampa, Revis indicated he felt shunned by the Jets. He said he was taken aback when he heard the trade rumors. "At that point, when I heard that information, yeah, I felt some type of way," he said. "I'm human. I have feelings just like everybody in this room, especially at a time when I was injured.
"I didn't know what to expect or what was going to happen going down the road. . . . When you get information that you're getting traded, it feels like that team is giving up on you at a time in my career when I never had an injury like this."
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio and ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini contributed to this report.
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