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GM: Jets, Darrelle Revis had 'substantial difference' in talks

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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Darrelle Revis couldn't strike a deal with the Jets, so the team dealt him for picks. (USATSI)

The New York Jets traded cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers Sunday in exchange for a couple draft picks, and the team's general manager later indicated the Jets and Revis weren't even close to striking a deal.

New York GM John Idzik said the team and Revis had a "substantial difference" when it came to agreeing on how much the All-Pro corner was worth.

"It's not as simple as player wanting club and club wanting player," Idzik said, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "Fitting a deal of historic proportions into our short term and long term plans is very difficult."

Revis signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Bucs after months of speculation that the Jets were shopping him. Idzik claims the team wasn't actively looking to trade Revis, but with the draft looming, the time was right to make a deal.

"We feel like even though it was hard, very hard to do, it was the best for all concerned," Idzik said, according to the paper. "Ideally we would have wanted to wait, let things play out a little bit more.

"We ultimately came to the conclusion that this was the best thing to do for the Jets at this time."

The Jets received a first-round pick from Tampa in Thursday's draft, giving them the ninth and 13th picks overall.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said he was involved in the decision to deal Revis, but he still believes him to be the game's top corner.

"I don't take one word I've said about Darrelle Revis," Ryan said. "I think he is the best corner in football."

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