Darrelle Revis isn’t the best cornerback in the NFL anymore, and that’s been evident this season.
Whether you use the eye test or the stats, it’s clear the 31-year-old no longer is capable of shutting down the league’s top wide receivers on a consistent basis.
But is all of that enough to make him walk away from pro football entirely?
According to a source who spoke to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the seven-time Pro Bowl selection actually might be thinking about retiring.
“He’s done,” a Revis confidant said to the Daily News. “If he had his way, he’d be done right now. He doesn’t want to play anymore. He’s made a lot of money.”
Revis was a first-round draft pick of the Jets in 2007, and he played six seasons in New York before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April 2013. He was released by the Bucs after the 2013 season and signed with the Patriots in March 2014. He helped New England win Super Bowl XLIX before signing a five-year, $70 million contract with the Jets before the 2015 campaign.
Revis played pretty well in his first season back in New York. He intercepted five passes (the second-most of his career) and recovered four fumbles. But he has tallied zero interceptions and been destroyed by receivers on a regular basis in 2016.
It’s hard to imagine Revis would walk away from the game and leave so much money on the table. But most athletes reach a point in their career where their passion for the game isn’t the same as it used to be. That’s usually a sign it’s time for a change.
Time will tell if that’s the case for Revis, who’s likely destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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