After finishing the regular season with a 6-10 record and missing the NFL playoffs as a result, the Jets organization decided to make some drastic changes with head coach Rex Ryan thought to be on the hot seat as well as quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow on the trading block.
Shortly after the season was officially over for the Jets, the team fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum and defensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Ryan avoided being let go with owner Woody Johnson reluctant to fire the head coach giving him at least one more season to turn the team around.
Along with retaining Ryan for one more season, Johnson appears to be leaning towards trading the team’s best player Darrelle Revis during the off-season and the star cornerback is shocked by the team willingness to move him via Twitter:
I’m speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 24, 2013
Obviously, the trade rumors surfacing on Wednesday took Revis totally by surprise. Revis’ contract will expire at the end of the 2013 NFL season sending him into free agency as a result, but the Jets’ front office wants to avoid potentially losing arguably the best defensive player in the league for nothing if he elects to test free agency and ultimately sign with another team.
Although the team’s appears to be open to trading their defensive superstar, new GM John Idzik has apparently set Revis’ mind at ease reaching out to the team’s best defensive player to clear the air on the team’s intentions. Idzik didn’t promise the Revis wouldn’t be traded or that the team wasn’t actively seeking a trade, but attempted to set the record straight moving forward.