On Thursday, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was speechless in response to reports that the team will try to trade him.
New G.M. John Idzik called Revis anyway.
Revis was no longer speechless after Idzik explained the situation. Idzik said in an interview that will air during Friday’s Pro Football Talk (5:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) that Revis appreciated the effort to clarify the situation.
“I reached out to Darrelle and I made sure he knew exactly where we were coming from and that this is my first day on the job,” Idzik said, “and our message to everyone was, ‘Give us a chance to get to know each other and introduce ourselves to each other.’ A lot of the people in the building you know through football circles but you’ve never worked along side each other. So give us that chance and give us the chance to go through our current roster, ultimately that’s the basis of comparison to whatever you may contemplate doing. We haven’t taken that first step and that’s what I relayed to Darrelle.”
Idzik said Darrelle “reacted well” and that “my feeling was that he was appreciative to hear form me about what happened.”
Still, Idzik’s explanation strongly implies that the situation could go either way. That it’s too early to decide whether to trade Revis, and that it’s too early to decide whether to keep him.
It’s a far cry from the endless gushing we’ve heard from men like coach Rex Ryan, who as we reported doesn’t want to trade Revis.
Idzik also said that his most important job will be to build consensus in the organization. He’ll get perhaps the toughest test of his career in building a consensus on Revis.