Rex Ryan reportedly wants to keep Darrelle Revis

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Updated: Jan. 24, 2013 at 11:43 a.m.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is fond of referring to Darrelle Revis as the best defensive player in the NFL. It should be no surprise that Ryan reportedly wants to keep him.

My old boss, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, reports that Ryan doesn't want to trade Revis. The cornerback is coming off ACL surgery and has only one year left on his contract, so Jets owner Woody Johnson has made it clear he wants to explore all options with Revis.

To recap: The owner wants to possibly trade the team's best player. The coach wants to keep him. The general manager, who was just hired, is caught in the middle. The coach and general manager don't know each other.

On top of all that, Johnson wasn't exactly effusive in his praise to Ryan to prospective general managers in interviews. Former Broncos executive Ted Sundquist interviewed with the Jets and said that Johnson's wildly supportive news conference of Ryan was not reflective of Johnson's feelings behind closed doors.

"I think Mr. Johnson realizes there are weaknesses and deficiencies there," Sundquist told "He was adamant about how the players love Rex, their connection with him. But then he was like, 'That said ... ' -- and he listed X, Y and Z, the things Rex needs to improve upon."

Ryan has two years left on his contract. Revis has one. It wouldn't be a shock if they both work elsewhere in 2014.