A hilariously ironic scene unfolded Monday at an NFL-organized event at Rockefeller Center.
The noisy and brash Jets were quiet. The understated and old-school Giants were loud.
Woody Johnson, owner of the big-top Jets, absolutely refused to answer any questions about the future of Darrelle Revis. Reporters badgered him, but he refused to give up anything during the interrogation. You half-wondered if people were watching on the other side of a two-way mirror.
Nearby, Giants co-owner John Mara talked and talked about Victor Cruz, a restricted free agent. It was a clear case of public negotiating, Mara saying how much they'd love to have him but claiming there's a limit to how much they're willing to pay.
A role reversal for our two local teams.
Why have the Jets opted for the silent approach? Some might say it's an attempt to "smoke out" Revis' hard-line agents, but I think it has more to do with the Jets having no interest in talking to Revis about a contract extension. I wrote this a few weeks ago, and I'll write it again: There's no chance that Johnson will sign Revis to a new deal. None. They will trade their best player, and it's only a matter of when.
It would be bad business for the Jets to trade Revis without so much as a contract discussion with the agents. Is that any way to run a franchise? As of Monday night, the Jets hadn't reached out to the agents, according to league sources. In theory, they'll have to give them permission to negotiate a contract with the team that steps up and agrees to trade for him, meeting the Jets' compensation demands.
Pro Football Talk reported Monday night that the Jets have a "good" offer on the table for Revis. It's hard to imagine a team coming to the table this quickly, considering Revis is only five months removed from ACL surgery. Be careful, there's a lot of smoke this time of year. But if the Jets do have a good offer, they should wait because they should be able to do better as Revis gets healthier. Maybe a bidding war emerges before the draft.
Revis has a de facto no-trade clause because any team willing to trade for him likely will want to negotiate a long-term contract, and the Revis camp will drive a hard bargain. Without a long-term deal, Revis could be a one-year rental, and it's hard to imagine a team surrendering a lucrative compensation package to the Jets without having a commitment from Revis beyond 2013. If the Jets let him go without receiving at least a first-round pick, there should be an investigation.
The Bucs make a lot of sense as a possible destination. They need a cornerback, they have more than $30 million in cap room and they've negotiated big deals with Revis' agents in the past -- i.e. Vincent Jackson. Coach Greg Schiano, the former Rutgers coach, is familiar with Revis from his Big East days.
On Monday, Johnson said he'd field Revis-related questions next week at the league meetings. Who knows? By then, Revis could be gone.