“I need answers and I’m not getting [any],” Revis told Andrea Kremer of the NFL Network in a taped interview last week. “Just the fact that that was put out there instead of contacting your best player on the team. If that’s how you want to do business, then that’s fine.”
Revis, who is rehabbing an ACL injury he suffered last September, has been mentioned in trade talk with his current contract running out at the end of the 2013 season. Revis said he believes one reason Jets owner Woody Johnson may be willing to trade him is because Johnson does not want to pay him what he believes he is due. Reports have surfaced that Revis is looking for a $100 million contract, with $60 million guaranteed.
But if Revis can have it his way, he would still like to wear a Jet uniform.
“If I do get traded, I’m not going to sit here and pout and cry,” Revis said, “but I’ve told them numerous times that I want to be here, so it’s up to them and management what they want to do.”
The trade rumors first surfaced after the Jets fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum and hired John Idzik. In Idzik’s first press conference in January, he avoided commenting on Revis’ future, saying that he would be evaluated like every other player.
Idzik’s response generated a “speechless” tweet from Revis because he did not receive a contract from Idzik beforehand.
“I was speechless because I didn’t get a phone call,” Revis said. “I know it’s a business — just call me; don’t have it lingering out there.”
Idzik soon picked up the phone.
“He was a straightforward guy,” Revis said. “He didn’t cut no corners; he just said he don’t know what’s going on, that it didn’t come from him. Just from talking to him that one conversation, I respect him.”
Revis has been known in the past to hold out when it comes to contract negotiations. Revis held out after he was drafted in 2007 and held out again in 2010. He even considered holding out last season.
However, Revis reiterated that the ultimate decision does not rest in the hands of Idzik or Jets coach Rex Ryan, but with Johnson.
“No, I would think. I’m sure (Ryan will) have a say-so but overall, no,” Revis said. “It starts from the top, it starts with Woody Johnson.”
Johnson will have a heavy decision to make, but Revis says:
“I’m a Jet until they tell me I’m not a Jet.”