Darrelle Revis trade talks on hold
The New York Jets have put trade talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on hold regarding Darrelle Revis, whose MRI confirmed Monday he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab, sources have told ESPN.
As the Jets began voluntary workouts in the morning, sources told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio the team, before continuing to explore a trade, would examine its star cornerback for the first time since an October surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee.
Revis, examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. Russell Warren, received positive but not unexpected news, a source told ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini.
Revis was cleared by Warren to begin running without restrictions.
After completing his early morning appointment, Revis reported to the Jets’ facility for the start of the offseason program.
The team’s doctors likely will further review the MRI results and present Revis with a detailed rehab schedule. He was also expected to meet for the first time with general manager John Idzik, who was hired the day after reports of trade talks first surfaced.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez praised Revis when asked about his thoughts regarding the trade speculation.
“How would I feel if they trade Revis? It’s not my call,” Sanchez said. “He’s a great player. I love him as a teammate, I love him as a friend. I don’t make those decisions.”
Meanwhile, though his days with the Jets appear numbered, backup quarterback Tim Tebow showed up early Monday morning, as promised, for the offseason program.
Receiver Santonio Holmes didn’t report. He’s still rehabbing his surgically repaired foot and taking classes at Ohio State, so he may not show up until late in the spring.
But unlike Revis, Holmes doesn’t have a workout bonus in his contract, which was renegotiated last month. He took a $3.5 million pay cut and will make a guaranteed $7.5 million this year.
Right tackle Austin Howard, a restricted free agent, also reported after signing his one-year, $2 million tender.
Tebow, known for his early arrivals, checked in about 90 minutes before the start of an 8 a.m. team meeting. How long he remains with the Jets has been an ongoing question throughout the offseason. The team is prepared to part ways with the quarterback and they’ve been trying to trade him.
Revis wanted to remain in Arizona, where he has been rehabbing his knee since January, but he reported because the team refused to excuse him for two weeks, sources told ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini.
He preferred Arizona, in part, to avoid the distraction of being with the team during trade talks. There’s a chance he could be dealt before the April 25-27 draft.
Revis also has a $1 million workout bonus that he would forfeit if he doesn’t participate in 83 percent of the voluntary workouts.