Darrelle Revis' acrimonious relationship with the Jets' front office has taken yet another turn for the worse. In a sit-down interview with Seattle Seahawks' fullback Michael Robinson, Revis revealed that he wouldn't be opposed to playing somewhere outside of New York if the two sides can't iron out a long-term contract.
"Revis Island will be back on the field soon," the star cornerback told the "Real Rob Report," an online sports show by players, for the players. "I don't know, we'll see where the future leads to -- if I'll be back with the Jets or not. It really doesn't matter. I just want to play football."
Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a new Jets' regime led by general manager John Idzik, who opened a can of worms during his first day on the job by putting Revis' name on the trading block. As Gang Green attempts to recover from a miserable 2012 campaign, Revis recognized the reconstructed state of the franchise.
"(John Idzik) is trying to clean house to get some great players in here. ... It's a rebuilding mode for us, to get the right pieces to the puzzle."
For the past five seasons Revis was the centerpiece of Rex Ryan's defense establishing himself as arguably the NFL's premier cornerback. Busily rehabbing his surgically repaired ACL this offseason, Revis hasn't lost his swagger and still believes he is the best defensive back the league has to offer.
"A healthy Darrelle Revis, I still believe I'm at the top of the food chain."
Last season the Jets were bottom dwellers in the AFC East, rounding out the year with a third-place finish in the division and missing out on playoff contention for the second consecutive year. While Revis was healthy for just two games in 2012, quarterback Mark Sanchez struggled immensely to get on the same page with his receivers as his favorite targets Dustin Keller and Santonio Holmes missed the majority of the season due to injuries.
With free agency just one week away and the NFL draft just around the corner, Revis insists that Sanchez can be a franchise signal-caller if the front office brings in a sound supporting cast.
"We want guys for Mark Sanchez to throw to, some deep threats. ... Yes, Mark can get it done, but we need to put the right weapons around him for him to be successful. That's always been a thing with Mark. That should be our focus with Mark Sanchez, put the right players around him."
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com