Darrelle Revis isn't looking for $20 million per year in his new contract, but he did say yesterday that he's looking to become the highest-paid cornerback in the league. In his first comments since a Monday report claimed that he was seeking more than $20 million per year, the Jets cornerback shot down the report as "false." But, when asked by The Post if he expects to become the highest-paid cornerback, Revis said, "I think that is fair. I have talked to coach [Rex] Ryan and [general manager Mike] Tannenbaum and they believe I should be the highest paid player at my position. They understand that and I understand that. "
Greg Olsen admittedly was alarmed when the Bears hired Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator in February. But Olsen told the Sun-Times on Thursday that he never asked to be traded, and he insisted he's confident that he'll remain a prominent part of the offense. ''The question that immediately arose was, 'Where do tight ends fit in?' I was right there; I wasn't naive,'' Olsen said. ''I know he's one of the best coordinators [in the NFL]. For me, the track record wasn't there. But I feel positive and optimistic, after conversations with him and what we've done on the field, that I'll continue to have a big role in our offense like I have had the last couple of years.''
Steve Wyche of the NFL Network reports that the Seattle Seahawks showed preliminary interest in veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens, making exploratory phone calls to check in on the 36-year-old according to a source. If Seattle indeed made those calls, it's likely that happened during their pursuit of Brandon Marshall before the draft. As it stands now, the Seahawks have 15 receivers on the roster, selected Golden Tate in the second round of this year's draft and have big receivers in Mike Williams, Reggie Williams and Ruvell Martin. So it is unlikely that Seattle is in need of Owens' services, and this is probably a move to generate interest in the mercurial receiver.
Shawne Merriman's change of agents has at least brought about dialogue. Whether this openness ultimately has any effect on the linebacker's future with the Chargers remains to be seen. But there is at least conversation, and who is involved makes it noteworthy. Sources said that Merriman's new agent, David Dunn, met for two hours Thursday afternoon with Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith and Vice President Ed McGuire. While it was characterized as the type of "introductory" meeting that commonly takes place when a player changes representatives, that it was in person and for that length of time might be considered remarkable.
Shaun Ellis still is steaming about the Jets spurning his attempt to get a contract extension, but he said yesterday he expects to remain with the team this season. "The fact is that it's the last year of my deal and it's time to get an extension," the Jets veteran defensive end told The Post. "I tried to work something out and they basically told me, 'No,' and they're making me play it out." Ellis conceded that this "[ticks] me off." "I've done a lot in this league and I have a lot more to do," he said. "My numbers speak for themselves. I feel definitely that I have produced and I've been producing for a long time."
Redskins receiver Santana Moss could be suspended by the NFL, even if he hasn't tested positive for any performance enhancing drugs. Moss only has been linked to Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, who is charged with smuggling drugs, including human growth hormone, into the United States. But if Moss, or any other player, is found to have possessed or taken HGH, then he would be suspended, likely for four games.
Rex Ryan guaranteed a Super Bowl today -- not for his team, but for New York City. With the 2014 game to be awarded by the NFL next week, the Jets head coach maintained his usual high level of confidence when predicting the metropolitan area will win out. "I don't see how it's not played here," Ryan said today after a Jets offseason practice. "You've got the best city in the world, why wouldn't you want to hold the Super Bowl there?" Ryan said the location, the state-of-the-art stadium and the fact that two teams (the Jets and Giants) are bidding all outweigh the likelihood of frigid temperatures in February.
New year, different camp and the same old story line for erstwhile starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who deflected questions about Brett Favre's uncertain status — again. "I'm just trying to get better and not worrying about who's not out here," Jackson said. "I've been going through this the last three to four years now. I'm kind of used to this approach, just worrying about myself, trying to get better. That's all I can do." Jackson and fellow reserve Sage Rosenfels shared snaps Wednesday during organized team activities at Winter Park with rookies Joe Webb and R.J. Archer. "That's the only way to get better," Rosenfels said.
Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine says his unit will be better with Brodney Pool at safety instead of Kerry Rhodes. "Brodney will play the run better [than Rhodes]," Pettine told ESPN.com. "I think he's a better tackler. I think he'll stick his face in there more than Kerry." Pool was signed as a free agent and will compete with Eric Smith to replace Rhodes, traded to Arizona this offseason after reported clashes with the coaching staff. "Some of the issues with Kerry were off-the-field stuff. Buying in, I think he struggled with that," Pettine said in an interview released today.
Raiders coach Tom Cable went on KNBR radio's Murph and Mac show this morning and shot down a ESPN report that Oakland was interested in receiver Terrell Owens. The free agent is still looking for a team. "We really haven't had any discussion about that," Cable said. "We've got a good, young receiving corps, it's never been a point of conversation."
Keith Bulluck is out of sight, but Coach Jeff Fisher said the longtime Titans linebacker isn't out of mind. Bulluck, a free agent, continues to rehab from ACL surgery. And while the Titans made roster adjustments to suggest they are moving on without the 10-year pro, Fisher hasn't shut the door. "We'd love to see if there is an opportunity where Keith would be able to finish his career here,'' the coach said Tuesday. "But it is very complicated, as you know. You have an unrestricted free agent and you have an ACL rehab. "He is not ready to play now and he is not ready to pass a physical. When that time comes we'll deal with it. I am going to make an assumption that he is going to recover ..."
Veteran offensive guard Chester Pitts told Sirius NFL Radio last weekend that there are five teams in the mix to potentially sign the free agent and that the Vikings are one of them. Pitts, a longtime member of the Houston Texans, missed most of last season after having microfracture surgery on his right knee and has gone through a lengthy rehabilitation process. He plans to work out for teams on July 15. "I originally took three trips -- Detroit, San Fran and Seattle -- and they're all actually still in the mix, and then Philly and Minnesota actually called last week and said, 'If you're ready on the 15th, we're going to work you out and we have a place for you,'" Pitts told Sirius.