Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum spoke to the press on Thursday and said what everyone already knew: The Jets want to sign Darrelle Revis to a long-term contract extension.
Tannenbaum says he and coach Rex Ryan sat down with Revis following the season and made clear to him that he's an important asset to the Jets future and that they'd like to get something done.
"Darrelle is everything we believe in on and off the field," Tannenbaum said. "We told him that shortly after the season. We remained committed to that. He’s a foundation for this organization. He’s a role model for our players. He’s really been great. I’m really proud to be the GM that traded up for him. Within reason, we want to sign him to an extension that will keep him here long term."
However, Tannenbaum also pointed to the uncertainty of the labor landscape. At this point, there's no guarantee there will even be football in 2011.
“Fast forward to March 2011,” the general manager added. “First of all, let’s hope there’s a new CBA. There may not be one. … So I don’t know what the rules are. I don’t know who’s going to be an RFA. I don’t know who’s going to be a UFA. I don’t know if there’s going to be a franchise tag."
He also acknowledged that the Jets have quite a few young players that they need to award with new contracts.
In short, Tannenbaum said he wants to get a deal done but other factors will make it a difficult one to do.
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