- Associated Press - Monday, March 4, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - Darrelle Revis is moving closer to getting back on the football field.

Whether that’s with the New York Jets next season remains to be seen.

Jets general manager John Idzik said during a conference call with season ticket holders Monday that there is encouraging news from doctors on Revis‘ rehabilitation from a torn ligament in his left knee.

“By all accounts, by his doctor’s accounts, he’s doing very well,” Idzik said. “By their estimation, he’s ahead of schedule.”

But Idzik wouldn’t address the cornerback’s murky contract situation.

Darrelle is a very valued player on our team,” he said. “Our focus is squarely on getting him healthy, getting him back to his level of play.”

Idzik and coach Rex Ryan answered about 20 questions during the 30-minute conference call. Several were about the status of Revis, who is recovering from knee surgery that sidelined him for most of last season and has been the subject of rampant trade rumors.

Ryan denied those suggestions last month at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, and did so again Monday.

“I will stand firm by saying there was no truth to that,” Ryan said.

Revis is entering the final year of his contract, but wants to be among the league’s highest-paid defensive players. The Jets are balancing the desire to keep one of the franchise’s best players and being financially smart. If they believe they won’t be able to sign him next offseason, they would be more apt to try to get something _ presumably high draft picks _ for him in a deal rather than lose him for nothing.

In an interview with Seattle fullback Michael Robinson for “The Real Robinson Report,” posted on YouTube on Monday night, Revis said the trade rumors “definitely hit home.”

He was also asked specifically about the possibility of being traded to San Francisco, one of the teams rumored to be interested. “I would just be an addition to help them win that trophy,” Revis said. “Would it be awesome? Yeah. My main goal as a player, and I think of all of us players in the NFL, is to hold that Lombardi Trophy up in the air and wear that ring.”

Idzik wouldn’t reveal plans for Tim Tebow, and appeared to hint that the quarterback could be in the mix at the position this offseason. But, Tebow is still expected to be traded or released in the coming weeks after one disappointing season in which he spent most of his time on the sideline _ even as starter Mark Sanchez struggled and was later benched.

“He’s currently on our roster,” Idzik said of Tebow. “What we’re doing is we’re trying to increase competition at that position and positions across the board, so we’re going to let the competition play out. We’re going to see who we’re able to bring on board and let it play out this offseason and into training camp.

“So I think that’ll be healthy for all concerned, including Tim.”

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