The speculation about Darrelle Revis' future with the New York Jets is sure to continue stirring.
According to a report by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on Tuesday, the Jets' brass purposefully avoided those representing Revis at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Daily News has learned that the Jets’ contingent, which included GM John Idzik, Rex Ryan and [owner Woody] Johnson himself, didn’t meet or contact Revis’ representatives during the combine...
Mehta also documents the comments of one NFC executive, who implies that Johnson does not have any interest in making Revis the highest-paid defensive player in the league. Given the Jets' dire cap situation, he doesn't even want to sign Revis to a long-term deal.
But that is only the surface of what seems to be a sign that Revis may not be a Jet for much longer.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports notes that the Jets didn't just avoid Revis' people—they were shopping him as a trade chip in Indianapolis.
As the Jets spent last weekend at the NFL scouting combine shopping Revis in passive-aggressive style (New York isn't calling anybody, but team management was all ears when multiple teams called to hold preliminary talks, according to sources), Ryan is now faced with what he must do to avoid the near-certain end of his tenure.
Losing a player of Revis' caliber is hard to fathom. Given the Jets' nightmarish cap situation, the potential assets they would get in return for Revis and how well the secondary played without him for much of 2012, though, the move makes some sense.
Revis is coming off of a torn ACL, and it remains to be seen whether he will still play at the elite level he's used to after such a severe injury.
Earlier in the week, Mehta tweeted a quote from Jets head coach Rex Ryan amid the chatter about Revis' future with the organization:
A lot of heat is likely to fall on Idzik, who is already creating a stir and did not reply to Yahoo! when he was phoned to comment on the latest rumors surrounding Revis.
Idzik had some interesting comments that also seemed rather supportive of Revis prior to this news, as recorded by Patrick Farrar of Yahoo! Sports' Shutdown Corner blog:
Yes, I mean, Darrelle Revis is obviously a great football player, he is a great New York Jet, he’s a tremendous asset to our football team and organization...With respect to clarity, I don’t know that anything has really changed because we have always wanted Darrelle as part of our team. That has not changed. I think there’s been rumors or stories published. And it’s really hard for me or anybody in our organization to speculate and answer to all rumors and stories that we hear.
Apparently Idzik and the Jets' front office feels that such an outstanding player like Revis is essentially expendable.
While it would be somewhat of a risk for teams to take on Revis—especially since he's in the last year of his current contract—many would be willing to give him a one-year shot to see how he is. But if Revis Island is anywhere close to his typically dominant self and leaves town while the Jets struggle on defense, it could spell doom for the Ryan era in the Big Apple.