In today's episode of "As the Darrelle Revis Turns," we learn the superstar cornerback from the New York Jets now apparently wants to remain with the team.
In previous episodes, we've learned that Revis thought it would be "awesome" to play for the San Francisco 49ers—a team rumored to have interest in acquiring his services—and that the Jets were trying to trade him.
But according to Steve Serby of the New York Post, Revis wants to work things out in New York:
Sources close to Darrelle Revis told The Post last night that Revis wants to stay a Jet.
Wants owner Woody Johnson—more than Arthur Blank of the Falcons, more than Jed York of the 49ers, more than anyone—to show him the money.
"He wants to remain a Jet," the source said. "He has never asked to be traded."
Revis has not given up on the idea that Johnson will appease his lame-duck head coach, Rex Ryan, and find a way to keep him in green and white rather than trade him. In Revis’ mind, apparently, the grass isn’t necessarily greener elsewhere, and neither is the money.
Per Serby, Revis apparently thinks the Jets could still be a playoff contender if the team added a few more weapons, he loves having Ryan as his head coach and he loves the New York area and the Jets' fan base.
At this point, it's getting hard to guess which camp is leaking what information to the New York press, which is hovering around the story like flies to a carcass. Does Revis really want to stay in New York, or do the Jets have more leverage trying to trade him if other teams believe he would like to return to the team?
Do the Jets really want to trade him, or is Revis trying to initiate a trade to another team?
What does seem obvious enough is that Revis is going to want a lucrative contract extension, and the Jets will likely want to see whether or not he is fully recovered from a torn ACL this season before making that kind of commitment to him.
Besides, the Jets are in rebuilding mode—the picks and cap space they would gain by moving Revis would go a long way toward pressing the restart button and building the foundation for the future.
Maybe Revis really does want to stay in New York, and maybe he doesn't. But one thing is for certain—there will be plenty more juicy episodes of "As the Darrelle Revis Turns" in the next few weeks.
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