It would also be the first significant trade pulled off by Idzik, who is reshaping New York’s roster after a 6-10 season _ and this move likely wouldn’t sit well with many of the team’s fans.
Revis was New York’s first-round pick in 2007 after then-GM Mike Tannenbaum traded up to No. 14 to draft the former University of Pittsburgh star. Revis quickly established a reputation on the field as a shutdown cornerback, routinely holding wide receivers to quiet games and causing quarterbacks to shy away from his side of the field. He was considered by many to be so dominant at his position that he earned the nickname “Revis Island” for leaving opposing wide receivers “stranded.”
Now, Ryan might have to go into this season without one of the players he has called one of the best he has ever coached.
“When the first trade thing came up, I connected it to someone that clearly made it up; there was no factual basis,” Ryan said at the NFL meetings in Phoenix in March. “On the first day John Idzik is named general manager and he doesn’t even know where his office is, we’re trying to trade Darrelle? This is all speculation like it’s a foregone conclusion. I don’t believe it.
“With that, I am not naive enough to understand several people would be interest in a player like Darrelle Revis.”
And, the Buccaneers’ offer might ultimately be too good to pass up for the Jets. Even if it means saying goodbye to a player who had already been considered by many to be one of the greatest players in franchise history.
“We coach the guys that we have,” new defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said recently. “I was always taught not to get over emotional about losing a guy. In terms of Darrelle Revis (being placed on injured reserve) last year, we had to move on and we had to continue to play. They’re not going to cancel games, so our mindset is we coach who’s here.”
He considered holding out for the third time in his career before training camp last summer, but then decided to report with the rest of his teammates and play out the season. But then came the first serious injury of Revis‘ career, the torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 3 that ended his season _ and likely his tenure with the Jets.
AP sports Writer Fred Goodall in Tampa contributed to this story.