Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
New York Jets general manager John Idzik and owner Woody Johnson faced the press in Arizona today as the NFL owners' meeting gets under way, and unsurprisingly they faced a lot of Darrelle Revis question. And as is usually the case, they managed to physically pronounce a lot of words without actually something. Still, there were some interesting quotes in there.
We'll have to rely on transcriptions via Twitter, as the press conference was for some reason not aired on NFL Network and I am sadly not in Arizona right now. Or, ehm, ever. The most telling quote to come out of this press conference was "I expect Darrelle Revis to be a New York Jet" (via Manish Mehta). That seems pretty definitive -- but it's just general manager speak. It means nothing for a very simple reason: what else is he going to say? "Yeah, we don't really want him?" No better way to destroy any leverage you may have in trade talks.
What's a lot more telling is the simple fact that Idzik never denied that there had been trade talks, while he did acknowledge talking to Revis' agents, contrary to some previous reports. Woody Johnson, meanwhile, made it clear that they were certainly open to trading the star cornerback. While Johnson wouldn't say it in so many words, a recurring theme throughout his talk was the idea that the team is more important than any one player. In other words: if a trade makes sense for the team, they will make that trade. Obviously the door on any Revis trade is wide open. At the same time he noted that he would be open to extending Revis as well -- that may be true, or it may simply be a ploy to get more out of a possible trade.
Here's one more note to hold you over: it appears that Revis' rehab is going well. Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post notes that Woody said they expect Revis to be back to his old form shortly. That's crucial, although there's not too much reason to be concerned: ACL injuries aren't the career-enders they used to be. The main concern will be whether Revis feels comfortable enough to trust his knee in his first year back.
So what did we learn from this press conference? A whole lot of nothing. Par for the course, really.