ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini reported on this latest development between Revis and the Jets:
Even though they may trade him before or during the April 25 draft, the Jets plan to enforce language in the star cornerback's contract that requires him to participate in the voluntary workouts to collect bonus money, sources said.
The Star-Ledger's Conor Orr then reported that Revis will attend the team's offseason workouts:
Revis will be in attendance for the voluntary workouts, I'm told. #nyj— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) April 7, 2013
Is this latest move by the Jets fair or foul?
Revis is still recovering from the ACL injury that forced him to miss most of last season. He has been rehabbing in Arizona and, according to Cimini's report, he'd rather stay in Arizona than travel to New York in April.
Given the way the Jets have been trying to trade Revis, his attendance at the team's conditioning workouts may end up being more of a distraction than anything else.
That said, business is business, and the Jets won't pay Revis any more than is necessary.
The latest trade rumors regarding Revis involve the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though talks between the Jets and Bucs have gone cold recently.
SI.com's Peter King wrote on March 25, "I believe he'll go to Tampa Bay for two high draft choices sometime before draft day."
Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune also believes the Bucs will end up making a deal for Revis before the draft:
Talk of a Revis trade to the Bucs has cooled to a simmer, but it will heat up again as the draft approaches, and so might the Bucs’ interest in dealing their 2013 first-round pick for the Jets cornerback.
If it were up to Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Revis wouldn't go anywhere, but Ryan isn't the one making personnel decisions for the club.
Revis will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season and, per Cimini's report, the team can't use the franchise tag to keep him on its roster in 2014.
Will Revis play for the Jets in 2013, or will he be traded?
Owner Woody Johnson is reportedly "categorically against" extending Revis' contract this year (per SI.com's King), and it seems inevitable that Revis will play for another team either in 2013 or 2014.
New general manager John Idzik will do all he can to try to get something in return for one of the NFL's best players, but it won't be easy to broker a deal that benefits the Jets.
This story is far from over. The latest power play is just one more step toward what seems like an inevitable divorce between Revis and the Jets.
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