Maybe Jets G.M. John Idzik should tell the media — repeatedly — that he has “no intent” to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Actually, Idzik could be moving in that direction.
Weeks after it was first reported that the Jets would like to trade Revis, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that the Jets are not “actively shopping” Revis, and that they aren’t “committed” to trading him.
While it’s regarded as bad form to speculate about sources, it’s fairly clear that the Jets have decided to break from their vow of silence regarding Revis, opting instead to discreetly use the media to get their message out. And while we don’t buy that the Jets want to keep Revis for the last year of a contract that lets him walk away free and clear in 2014 (after all, we didn’t buy Minnesota’s “no intent” claim on Harvin), it was overdue for the Jets to push back against the momentum pointing to a trade.
With the Buccaneers not offering what the Jets want (i.e., a package headlined by a 2013 first-round pick), the Jets need to make it clear that they have a viable alternative — even if they don’t. And they also need to ensure that the media and the fans realize there’s a chance the Jets ultimately will be loving the one they’re with, even if it’s only for one more season.
In the end, pretending that they don’t want to trade Revis could be the only way to pull it off.