The Darrelle Revis drama just won’t go away and we’re beginning to find out why. Jets general manager John Idzik has apparently blocked Revis’ agent from talking to other teams around the NFL, which is a move that is scaring away potential trade partners and is further complicating an already tense situation.
One unnamed NFL executive told Yahoo! Sports that teams are calling the Jets about Revis but those calls are being met with borderline juvenile reception.
“If I’m making this deal, there’s a lot of stuff I need to know,” an NFC team executive said. “I need to know if he’s healthy. I need to know if he wants to play for us. I need to know if I’m going to get a long-term deal or is this one year and we’ll see. But I talk to the Jets and they’re like, ‘OK, what are you offering?’ I can’t begin to figure it out.”
Others around the NFL are rolling their eyes at the way the situation is being handled, as another executive said the Jets are asking for trouble in the way their handling things. New York is being offered picks for Revis, but by not allowing his agents to contact potential trade targets, a ballpark figure on what the acquiring team would be facing in terms of a contract can’t be figured out and the deal stalls at that point.
“What the Jets are creating is a situation where [the agents] have to beat them. Teams are saying, ‘OK, we’re trading picks for you, what kind of discount are we getting on the contract?’ ” a source said. “Well, why should [Revis] give somebody a discount when he can just wait it out and get his money? It makes no sense.”
Idzik and the Jets have reportedly not been in contact with Revis’ camp for weeks, which is only escalating an already intense situation. Free agency opens up on Tuesday, and cornerbacks are expected to fly off the market, so the longer the Jets botch a Revis trade, the lower the demand for him will become.