Cornerback Darrelle Revis is a free agent this offseason. Would a return to the New England Patriots save his career?
A move back to the New England Patriots could be the perfect opportunity for Darrelle Revis to turn his career around. Revis Island has been looking like a resort since he returned to the New York Jets. His performances in recent seasons have been causing an uproar in the sports world.
Now that the Jets have released Revis, one can’t help but wonder what will he do from here: Should he switch to safety, should he take a team-friendly deal since he has so much guaranteed money to collect from the Jets, or should he simply retire?
He’s had a Hall of Fame career in addition to being the most accomplished mercenary in NFL free agency history. Personally, I think Revis should be thinking Patriots or retirement because if he isn’t playing for championships I don’t see why he would continue playing at all.
Also, Revis is notorious for not taking pay cuts willingly. Therefore I can only picture Revis accepting a lighter paycheck from the Patriots. He has always respected the organization, he established a history there during the Patriots 2014 championship run, and the Patriots look prime to reach the Super Bowl at least one more time before the Tom Brady era ends.
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The Revis lock-down corner days are done, but he can still be a valuable asset to the Patriots even though he may have lost a step. It is a popular belief that Revis should consider moving to safety but Patriots beat columnist Karen Guregian from the Boston Herald tweeted recently that Bill Belichick once told Revis he doesn’t think his skillset translates to safety. If that is true then expect Revis to remain at the cornerback position, which is where his heart truly lies.
The Patriots secondary currently consists of Devin McC
ourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, new signee Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler. This is the best situation for Revis and New England to reunite because he could come in on a team friendly deal and be a veteran second option at the cornerback position to pair with Gilmore in case Butler departs.
If the Patriots some how managed to retain Butler as well; The defense could turn out better than last year’s defense, which was the number one ranked scoring defense already. I believe Belichick will utilize Revis better than New York ever did in the past two seasons and if Revis is surrounded by significantly better talent that’s winning games then he will play at a high level again.
If Revis want to rest on his laurels and retire I can’t blame him, but if he wants to challenge Deion Sanders for possibly being the greatest corner ever he will need to win at least one more ring.