Darrelle Revis endured a prolonged nightmare this season as “Revis Island” was often overrun by opposing wide receivers.
Fans criticized Revis all season — often harshly — which has led to speculation that the Jets may let the aging veteran cornerback go this offseason. Despite the constant criticism, Revis is not ready to retire.
With that out of the way, New York will have to decide if it wants to pay Revis the remaining $33 million left on his salary stretched across the next three years. Revis urged the Jets to remember his service to the franchise.
“Would I love to be here? Yes,” Revis told The New York Post. “Will I be back? That’s a great question. My thing would be this: Do the New York Jets want to treat my situation with class or no class? With me being one of the best players in the history of this franchise, do they want me to retire here or not retire here?
“That’s the biggest question. It’s black and white. It’s not very complicated.”
Revis hasn’t been just bad this season, he’s been abysmal. Barring a pick Sunday against the Bills, Revis will finish this season without an interception for the first time in his 10-year career. He also only has four passes defended, which is just one more than he had with the Bucs in 2012 when he played just two games.
Yet, Revis believes he can still play and help the Jets rebound next season.
“I’ve been one of the best cornerbacks to ever play this game,” Revis said. “I’ve done a lot of things in this league that a lot of guys currently playing are chasing now. I’ve impacted the game in a way where it was like, ‘Hey, he doesn’t give up any catches to the No. 1 (receiver).’ I set a precedent.
“So, I’ve done enough. Obviously, everybody’s a little bit concerned because that’s not what I’m displaying anymore. I can’t stay 24 (years old) forever. Every player ages in this game. You’ve got to understand that.
“Now, can I still play? Yes, I can still play. This game is a love for me. It’s like a girlfriend. And we’ve been dating for a long time — many years. She’s been great to me and I appreciate it. I love my girlfriend.”
Some might draw the comparison between a cornerback and an MLB starting pitcher. With age, pitchers lose velocity and curve on their pitches, so they have to rely on placement and savvy. Revis may have to play in more zone schemes, or possibly switch to free safety, where his ball skills can still be utilized and his loss of speed won’t be so dramatized.