Darrelle Revis is suddenly in legal hot water. The Jets cornerback has been charged with four felonies, including aggravated assault and robbery, for his alleged involvement in an altercation that took place in Pittsburgh early Sunday morning.
This couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Revis, who is coming off perhaps the worst season of his career. In fact, Revis may need to transition from cornerback to safety if he wishes to revive his career.
“The question really comes down to his commitment,” MMQB.com NFL reporter Albert Breer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “That’s what everybody would have to be sold on. I know the Jets have come to a point of frustration with him. I think that they felt like last year to some degree he was collecting a check and wasn’t the same sort of driving force he had been in the past, but it goes beyond that. It goes beyond just not being a great player anymore. It goes to what do you have to do now that your physical ability isn’t what it once was to become a very good player and to remake yourself as you move into your 30s?”
Charles Woodson, for example, remade himself, moved to safety and played until his late-30s. Can Revis do the same? Time will tell.
But his legal troubles certainly don’t help matters.
“I think that’s a huge part of it,” Breer said. “Not only would Darrelle Revis have been facing the question what does he have left in the tank, (but) he’s also facing the question, how motivated is he to remake himself as a player? Whether that’s as a safety or a corner, how willing is he to change his game to accommodate some of the declining physical skills that he has? I think that’s an open question. No matter how this resolves itself, (it’s) a question he’s going to have to answer.”
If Revis were 24 or 25 years old, his legal issues wouldn’t be as big of an issue. Revis, however, turns 32 in July.
That doesn’t work in his favor.
“Second chances in the NFL are a function of talent,” Breer said. “If this was Darrelle Revis of 2011 or 2014, let alone the guy who was dominant in 2009 and 2010, we’d be talking about something else. This would be, ‘All right, you got to let him go through the process, and maybe he has to serve a suspension later on, but he’s so good that he absolutely is going to get a shot somewhere.’ Now teams have to ask the question is it worth it? That’s the biggest question now. Is it worth the trouble to bring the guy on your roster if he’s dealing with this? The Jets now have to look at it and say, ‘If we cut him, we’re going to swallow that $6 million that we owe him, the fully guaranteed portion of his 2017 money, and we can’t get that back – whereas if we wait and let this play out a bit, we may be off the hook for that $6 million. But there are a lot of moving parts here.
“Does he have the ability to play safety?” Breer continued. “Yeah, he’s a smart player, he understands football, he’s got the ability to be physical. Does he have the ability to switch to safety and extend his career for another five years? Absolutely. But it takes a lot of work to get there. So the question is, after what we saw last year, is he willing to put in that work? That remains an open question, in my mind.”
Sticking in the AFC East, Breer believes that Jimmy Garoppolo will be traded this offseason, provided that the Patriots receive a worthwhile offer.
“They’re not going to trade him just to trade him,” Breer said. “I think what’s going to push this thing over the goal line and why I think he’ll be playing somewhere else in 2017 (is) the market is going to be there. Look at the market last year for quarterbacks. Brock Osweiler gets $18 million. Sam Bradford gets $18 million. We heard in January and February how there’s no Mariota or Winston in last year’s draft class. Lo and behold, the Rams and Eagles trade the farm to get (Jared Goff and Carson Wentz). So you look at the exploding value at that position, and it’s hard for me to imagine that with this being competitive and teams like Chicago and Cleveland and San Francisco and even a Houston or New Orleans potentially being in the mix for Garoppolo, teams that liked him three years ago when he was coming out, I’d imagine that’s going to drive the market into the stratosphere. My sense is right now that there is going to be an offer on the table that’s going to be too much for the Patriots to pass up. That’s why I think he’ll wind up moving.”