Despite the damage control talk from Idzik and Rex Ryan in Indy about how much they value Revis, the source told the Daily News on Tuesday that Idzik was “actively” shopping Revis at the combine, and interested teams are now doing their homework on what it would take to get Revis signed to a new contract if they can satisfy the Jets with compensation.
Teams historically use the combine in February to set the groundwork for deals that eventually get done before the draft in late April. Revis’ recovery from ACL surgery could push the timetable back for a potential trade until the summer. If he is healthy and re-establishes himself as not only the best shutdown corner in the league but also the best defensive player in the NFL, he’s worth two first-round draft choices.
The source said the word around the NFL is the Revis trade talk is at the directive of Johnson. Even so, Idzik, the rookie GM, is in a final say decision-making role for the first time in his 20-year career in NFL front offices and his Jets tenure may eventually be defined by how he handles this delicate situation.
Idzik was asked at the combine if he would listen to offers for Revis. He provided an answer that was not limited to Revis.
“We will always field calls and always have internal discussions about how we can improve our team day-to-day, position-by-position,” he said. “That’s an ongoing process.”
Update: CBS' Clark Judge suggests the 49ers make a run at Darrelle Revis after reportedly acquiring the No. 34 pick in the Alex Smith trade.