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New Jets GM Idzik calls Revis to explain situation

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New Jets GM Idzik calls Revis to explain situation

NEW YORK (AP) John Idzik was in full damage control mode in his first day at the New York Jets' facility.

The newly hired general manager reached out to Darrelle Revis on Thursday, a few hours after the star cornerback wrote on Twitter that he was ``speechless'' about rampant trade rumors.

Idzik told NBC's Pro Football Talk on Friday that Revis ``reacted well'' to the phone call, which came after the GM, owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan were non-committal about the cornerback's future with the team. Revis expressed his frustration on Twitter, prompting the call from Idzik, introduced as the replacement for the fired Mike Tannenbaum hours earlier.

``We haven't taken that first step, and that's what I relayed to Darrelle,'' Idzik told Pro Football Talk.

Revis, recovering from a major knee injury, is expected to draw plenty of interest on the trade market.

``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 published report Wednesday night said Johnson, concerned that the Jets won't be able to re-sign Revis next year, wants to explore trade options rather than risk losing him for nothing as a free agent next winter. Revis' contract voids after the 2013 season, and he is expected to ask for around $16 million a year.

Johnson would neither confirm nor deny that the report was true, adding that he didn't know where it came from. Idzik and Ryan, who has repeatedly called Revis one of the best players he has ever coached, were also non-committal about the player's future.

``I'm not going to get into any of those specifics right now,'' Ryan said. ``I think, let's let the process run its course and I'm confident that any decision made, that this organization (makes), will be without question in the best interest of this football team.''

Revis missed most of this past season with a torn ligament in his left knee, but Johnson said Thursday that it appears the cornerback's rehabilitation is going as planned.

``I saw Darrelle the other day and if you looked at Darrelle, I think he's going to come back and be 100 percent,'' Johnson said. ``I don't think there's any question.''

An issue in dealing Revis will be whether the Jets would be able to get what they deem is fair value for him. Whether that means getting multiple draft picks, including at least a first-rounder, is uncertain, but Revis' injury situation might hinder that a bit. Still, CBSSports.com reported Friday that several teams are ``highly interested'' in trading for Revis.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie told NFL.com Friday that the team ``can't lose a guy like (Revis).'' Cromartie stepped up, though, in Revis' absence and established himself as a No. 1-type cornerback - which could help soften the blow if the Jets deal Revis.

``He's a great leader in the locker room and also in our DB room, making sure that guys are accountable for each other,'' Cromartie told NFL.com. ``To lose a guy like that would be huge. And even though he's coming off the surgery, I believe he'll come back as strong as ever.''

Notes: Cromartie also weighed in on struggling QB Mark Sanchez, saying he wasn't the sole reason for the Jets' 6-10 season. ``We have confidence in Mark,'' Cromartie said from Hawaii after practice for the Pro Bowl. ``Like I've always said, even with the whole (Tim) Tebow thing, if we're going to sign Mark to a three-year extension, we need to make sure we put guys around him.'' Cromartie indicated that that wasn't the case for Sanchez, who was benched late in the season. ``When you don't have a supporting cast around him, you're going to get an average or below-average quarterback,'' Cromartie said. ``That's what we got.''

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Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

A few days ago, Ron Rivera identified Kyle Allen as the Redskins' contingency plan if Coronavirus really disrupts the NFL's offseason. Well, Peter King expects the team will ultimately have to use that plan.

During an interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, the longtime football analyst explained that he, like most, is unsure what's going to transpire over the next handful of months. However, King thinks the pandemic will continue to change offseason programs and also have a "major" effect on training camp.

And if those consequences come to fruition, he's confident Allen will prove to be the team's best option to start.

"I believe the way that this year is moving that it's pretty likely that opening day, at quarterback for Washington, is not going to be Dwayne Haskins," King told Redskins Talk. 

While some originally accosted the Burgundy and Gold for giving up a fifth-round pick in their trade for the ex-Panthers passer, King actually praised it. The transaction, in his mind, was "very, very smart" and gives the Redskins viable insurance if Haskins isn't able to pick up a new system because of a truncated schedule. 

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"If you're Ron Rivera, you want a guy who you know can walk in Day 1," King said. "If you have to face the New York Giants on September 13, you want a guy who knows everything about Scott Turner's offense and who's well-versed in everything he's going to have to do."

To be clear, King explained that it wouldn't even really be Haskins' fault in the above scenario. In a regular year, he makes much more sense as the Redskins signal caller in 2020, and Rivera recently revealed that's the way he's leaning for now, too.

Yet at some point, if the 2019 first-round selection is only able to communicate with his new coaches through a phone and not face-to-face on a field, Allen's experience with Rivera and Turner may end up as the difference in a competition. 

Should that occur, King will monitor how Haskins handles it. His reaction could be telling.  

"Obviously, it's not an ideal situation for Dwayne Haskins," King said. "But if you can't, in this particular situation, if you can't adapt and adjust, then I would really question whether you're the guy for this job for the long haul.

"I would really question your value to this team."

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Joe Theismann thinks there's no way Trent Williams can 'be a Redskin again'

Joe Theismann thinks there's no way Trent Williams can 'be a Redskin again'

The Trent Williams saga has taken multiple twists and turns over the past year, but the standoff between the left tackle and the Redskins is currently at a stalemate.

The left tackle has one year remaining on his contract with the Redskins, but it's nearly impossible to imagine Williams playing another snap for the Burgundy and Gold.

"In Trent's situation, it was bad. There was no way he [can] be a Redskin again," former Redskins QB Joe Theismann told NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson. "The relationship [has] become so toxic, it just [can't] continue in that vein."

The saga began when the left tackle held out from the OTAs last June through the first eight weeks of the 2019 season after he found out Redskins team doctors misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on his brain for nearly six years. Williams reported to Washington minutes before the trade deadline last season and planned to return, but the Redskins placed him on the Non-Football Injury list days later, ending his season without No. 71 playing a snap.

After the 2019 season concluded, the Redskins organization had a massive overhaul. Longtime team president Bruce Allen was fired along with head athletic trainer Larry Hess. While Williams maintained silence throughout his entire holdout, unhappiness and a lack of trust with Allen and the medical staff were rumored to be the two main reasons he stayed away from the team. 

But according to Theismann, there was another factor that kept No. 71 away from Redskins Park.

"He didn't like Bruce Allen, basically. He didn't feel like communication was going well with them," Theismann said. "He didn't like the training staff because what had happened regarding a diagnosis with him. Then all of a sudden, those issues were taken care of. Bruce isn't there anymore, the training staff isn't there anymore. Now it's about money."

The Redskins brought in well-respected head coach Ron Rivera, who attempted to convince the left tackle to return to the team. But Theismann believes that Williams, whose contract has around $15 million remaining, wants a new deal that will pay him like a premiere left tackle in the game, which is something Rivera and the new staff are not ready to do.

"He's going to be a 32-year-old tackle and he wants a longer-term contract. He wants money," Theismann said. "He gave away half his salary last year, which was approximately $7 million that you're never going to get back, especially in this environment. So the Redskins basically said, 'Hey Trent, see what you can get. Let's see if we can work a deal out.' Well, no suitors have come to the table."

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Williams was given permission to seek a trade by the Redskins last month, but the left tackles camp has been unable to find a trade partner for what the Redskins deem as fair value for the seven-time Pro Bowler.  Last week, Williams' agent ripped to Redskins for "not acting in good faith" and blamed the lack of a trade solely on the Redskins.

The left tackle turns 32 in July and has not played a full season since 2013. The combination of the two makes Theismann believe some teams are hesitant to invest a lot of money in Williams.

"He's not the young guy he was once before. He was one of the best tackles in football," Theismann said. "We were very thankful to have him, and he was compensated accordingly. 

"Time is not your friend when you reach certain stages in football," he continued. "Most players, as you get the middle part of the thirties, especially as offensive linemen, you're just not sure you're going to be able to continue doing what you're doing and be compensated in a way that's worth your while."

Just a month before Williams signed a five-year extension with the Redskins back in August of 2015, longtime pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan also signed a multi-year deal with the team. Williams and Kerrigan were back-to-back first-round picks in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and two of the team's best players over the past decade.

Theismann believes if Williams played out the 2019 season the way Kerrigan did, he may have earned himself a new deal with the team. While Kerrigan has yet to earn another extension from Washington, Rivera has stated that the pass rusher is a part of the team's future.

"In Trent's case, I feel like there was just a lot of conversation about him," Theismann said. "It's time for him to move on and the Redskins to move on, and I believe that's where they are right now. With a little bit of luck, he'll catch on somewhere, and I wish him all the luck in the world. But you got to be realistic for the numbers you are asking for at that age."

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