BY BOB HOLT
The New York Jets have already added coaches and a new general manager during their early off-season in their efforts to rebuild and return to the playoffs.
Reports are saying the Jets are even willing to consider the option of trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, Jets owner Woody Johnson has expressed interest in receiving potential value for Revis now, because he would become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013 season. Revis’ current contract does not allow the cornerback to be named as the team’s franchise player.
The 27-year old Revis has undergone tough contract negotiations in the past with the Jets, but has not spoken of a desire to leave the team. "I definitely want to be here," Revis said to ESPN New York a day after the season ended. "This is where I live, this is the team I got drafted by."
Revis underwent anterior cruciate ligament surgery in 2012.He responded to the trade rumors on Twitter, saying that he was “speechless.” According to the New York Post he added that he was “more upset for the Jet nation for having to go through this!!! I guess we’ll see how this plays out.”
General manager John Idzik said it was too early to talk about Revis’ situation.
Johnson agreed, saying, according to the New York Daily News, “We don’t discuss contracts. I don’t know where it came from. I would never say anything about contracts.”
Johnson will have to say something about them down the line- the team is more than $20 million over the maximum salary cap value for 2013. Revis would earn $6 million next season.