During a Monday conference call with season-ticket holders, Jets coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik were asked about the future of two of their most high-profile players: cornerback Darrelle Revis and punt protector/third-string quarterback Tim Tebow.
Revis suffered an ACL injury last season and rumors surfaced recently that the Jets were looking to trade him this offseason. Ryan denied the reports at last month's combine and denied them again Monday.
"I would stand firm saying there was no truth to that," the coach said via the team's website. "I made the comments I made because that's what I believe to be the truth."
Idzik spoke in less certain terms about Revis's future in New York but provided an update on the cornerback's rehab.
"We won't really discuss contractual things publicly," Idzik said. "Suffice it to say, Darrelle Revis is a New York Jet and we're very, very happy to have him as a New York Jet. Our focus is purely on getting him better. He sustained a pretty significant injury, and he's been busting his tail on his rehab. We're monitoring that closely, and by his doctors' account he's doing very well. He's ahead of schedule.
"We're anxious to get him back in the building, back with his teammates, and having him help us not only on the field but in the building in his approach," Idzik continued. "We're very fortunate we have a player like Darrelle on our team."
Tebow, meanwhile, remains a member of the Jets even if a season of standing on the sideline staring forlornly at the field suggested he wouldn't be back in New York. You just wouldn't know that to hear Idzik talk about it.
“Tim, as you know, he's currently on our roster," he said. "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.”
Not to worry, though. Ryan assured fans that the Jets aren't a laughingstock (even though "butt fumble" (!) came up on the call).
Rex Ryan on fan conference call today: "Jets are a team that many players want to play for, if not all." ... That's simply not true. #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) March 4, 2013