As soon as Rex Ryan vehemently denied that the New York Jets were actively trying to trade star cornerback Darrelle Revis, we should have known something was up. It's classic Jets: loudly deny any report and laud the player in question, then go ahead and keep trying to trade him. It has been reported that throughout the week of the 2013 NFL Combine, which was opened with Rex Ryan denying any Darrelle Revis trade rumors, the Jets actively dangled Darrelle Revis to other NFL teams. The Florham Park spin doctors doing some of their their finest work.
The New York Jets are actively participating in talks with other NFL teams about a Darrelle Revis trade. Whether you believe that the Jets initiated them or are simply exploring talks that started with offers from other teams, the talks happened and will continue to go on. There's nothing wrong with that, it's the front office's job to investigate any move that could put the team in a better position to compete long term.
However, it does give some more weight to the report that the Jets snubbed the agents of Darrelle Revis at the 2013 NFL Combine. And now, as reported by Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, the team spent the time they weren't sharing with his agents trying to trade Darrelle Revis:
"Despite the damage control talk from Idzik and Rex Ryan in Indy about how much they value Revis, the source told the Daily News on Tuesday that Idzik was “actively” shopping Revis at the combine, and interested teams are now doing their homework on what it would take to get Revis signed to a new contract if they can satisfy the Jets with compensation."
What's really interesting is that Myers reports that John Idzik has seemingly cut everyone else out, minus owner Woody Johnson. This opens up room to speculate about whether Rex Ryan is at odds with the new general manager over the move. Or, maybe, it's just a sign that John Idzik is the strong personality we thought he'd be and trusts himself to do his job, as opposed to Mike Tannenbaum constantly leaning on Rex Ryan for guidance on personnel moves.
Whether a Darrelle Revis trade comes to fruition or not, it's a good sign. Coaches coach, players play, and general managers make transactions. Tat balance of power id what makes NFL teams successful and order seems to have been restored to the Jets front office by John Idzik.
One thing hasn't changed, though. If the Jets deny doing something, they're probably doing exactly that.