Ryan: Jets aren't 'actively' trying to trade CB Revis
If the Bucs are losing interest in what appears to be a one-team pursuit of cornerback Darrelle Revis, it's because of statements like that one Jets coach Rex Ryan trotted out Tuesday at the NFL owner's meetings.
"I know for a fact that we're not actively trying to trade Darrelle Revis,'' Ryan said at the AFC coaches' breakfast. "At the same time, if somebody calls, you're going to listen, no matter who the player is.''
The Bucs are willing to at least consider using their first round pick as part of the compensation for Revis, but no offer has been made and they've come to realize that they may be bidding against themselves. Large deals such as this one need momentum and it's clear the meetings will end Wednesday with Revis still a member of the Jets.
In fact, the Bucs backup plan may be trying to sign Falcons free agent cornerback Brent Grimes, according to his agent Ben Dogra. Certainly, the market for cornerbacks is coming down and there are some reasonably-priced alternatives for the Bucs.
"I'll say this,it is interesting to me, as a coach, you coach who's on your football team,'' Ryan said. "Now, Darrelle Revis is a great football player. There is no question about it. I think speculating on trades, all that kind of stuff, I understand it because he's a great player.
"This is like speculation. Everything we talk about is speculation, it's almost like it's a forgone conclusion. With that, I'm not naive enough to think, obviously, there's going to be several people that are interested in your good players, whether it's Revis or anybody else. There's always that.''
This much seems clear. The owners meetings will end Wednesday and Revis will still be a member of the Jets.