Revis explains why trade rumors left him speechless
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was “speechless” upon hearing the rumors and reports that the Jets are considering trading him.
Revis was not speechless when the topic came up during a recent interview with Andrea Kremer of NFL Network.
“I was speechless because I didn’t get a phone call,” Revis said in comments distributed by NFLN, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “I know it’s a business – just call me. Don’t have it lingering out there. I need answers and I’m not getting any. Just the fact that that was put out there instead of contacting your best player. If that’s how you want to do business, then that’s fine.”
As Cimini points out, that’s all NFL Network has released from an interview that will air on Monday night’s Total Access. It’s therefore not known at this point whether Revis addressed the call he got the next day from Jets G.M. John Idzik.
Idzik disclosed the communication during an appearance on Pro Football Talk. “I reached out to Darrelle and I made sure he knew exactly where we were coming from and that this is my first day on the job,” Idzik said, “and our message to everyone was, ‘Give us a chance to get to know each other and introduce ourselves to each other.’ A lot of the people in the building you know through football circles but you’ve never worked along side each other. So give us that chance and give us the chance to go through our current roster, ultimately that’s the basis of comparison to whatever you may contemplate doing. We haven’t taken that first step and that’s what I relayed to Darrelle.”
Given that Revis regards himself (accurately) as the team’s “best player,” he may have been hoping for something a little less equivocal from the man who’ll decide whether a full-blown effort to trade Revis will happen.
We’ll find out tonight whether Revis shared with Kremer any specific reaction to Idzik’s call.
UPDATE 1:29 p.m. ET: We’ve noticed on Twitter that folks are taking the phrase “I need answers and I’m not getting any” out of context. Revis was talking about his reaction at the time he heard of the trade rumors; he was not addressing his current state of mind. (And, yes, this is one of the few examples of a situation in which a claim that comments were “taken out of context” would actually be correct. The words are being lifted from the broader quote in a way that alters their inherent meaning.)