On Sunday, Jets General Manager John Idzik said that part of the reason the Jets traded cornerback Darrelle Revis was because the two sides had a “substantial difference” of opinion when it came to what Revis was worth.
Revis sang a different tune when he spoke to Bob Glauber of Newsday and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on Monday. Revis said he felt he never got a truthful answer from the Jets about their desire to keep him, saying he knew it was a lie when Idzik told him last week that the Jets would keep him on the team.
What gave him that impression? Because the Jets kept saying that was a possibility without ever making an offer that might have kept Revis, who said he would have signed the same deal with the Jets that he wound up signing in Tampa, on the team.
“The Jets never contacted my agents about a long-term deal. They never even approached us,” Revis said, via Glauber.
The “He Said/She Said” of the Revis/Jets divorce is good fodder for interviews and we’ll likely hear a bit more of it in the coming days, but it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Jets never actually made an effort to lock Revis up for the long term. For all the leaks about the team’s thoughts regarding Revis, there was never one that did more than pay lip service to the notion of signing him to any deal.