The man who came to define “ultimate cover corner” in the 2000’s is available. The question is where will Darrelle Revis land in this 2017 NFL season? And could the new destination of “Revis Island” be Miami and the Dolphins?
Here’s what we know in the short term: Revis was released by the Jets earlier this off-season (his second tour of duty with the club that drafted him), but is still slated to get $6 million guaranteed, if no one else picks him up this year. More on the financial component in a bit.
Primarily, does he want to play this season? That’s an obvious, yes. He continues to work out and from every report is in playing shape waiting for a call/camp invite, etc. Even though he’s from Pennsylvania originally and played college ball at Pitt, Revis lives most of the time in the off-season in South Florida.
Revis became the standard by which all other DBs were judged recently, as his Jets career unfolded from 2007-2012 being named All-Pro three times and making the Pro Bowl four times in that span. However, his nomadic journey of the last five years began with Revis tearing his ACL, ironically, against the Dolphins, in October of 2012.
That led the Jets to being willing to listen to offers for Revis and the Buccaneers ended up pulling off the blockbuster trade for him just before the 2013 Draft and giving him a new team friendly six year $96 million dollar contract. That deal made Revis the highest paid defensive player in the league. The reason it was so team friendly is the deal was not guaranteed and actually, was a series of six $16 million dollar contracts that the Bucs could simply walk away from, if they wanted.
He played a “so-so” season in Tampa Bay in 2013 rehabbing and trying to get the injured knee back to full speed. The Bucs fired the coaching staff and GM Mark Dominik, who did the the deal. Then, the new regime’, led by Jason Licht, tried to restructure a deal with Revis, but ultimately, they released him.
That’s where his journey brought him back to the AFC East, and the New England Patriots. Revis signed on for a one year deal with an option in 2014, made the Pro Bowl and won a Superbowl ring with Belichick and Co.
But the Pats did not pick up is 2015 option, making him free to rejoin the Jets, which he did signing another massive deal that included $39 million guaranteed.
After a solid 2015 season, where he made the Pro Bowl again, Revis finally showed signs of slipping a year ago at age 31 and had sub-par season by any standard. He allowed an opponent QB rating of 91.7 on throws against him, when his career average had been nearly half of that. New York released him on the verge of free agency beginning in March, but the language in his deal has the Jets on the hook for $6 million, if he doesn’t sign anywhere else.
So now, comes the intrigue and particularly for the Dolphins.
Even though there have been reports that the Eagles are interested, clearly Revis knows the AFC East best. And also, clearly, the Dolphins have already taken steps in free agency to enhance what was a playoff team a year ago. Revis would be a veteran upgrade over Byron Maxwell, Tony Lippett, Xavien Howard, etc. and the Fins could probably get him by matching the $6 million the Jets owe him some way in 2017.
They could also get creative under the cap and give him more guaranteed money in the off season that could be put on the 2018 and beyond salary cap.
Another concern is that Revis turns 32 next week, but no team is looking at him as a long term solution. He’s clearly an experienced short term option.
He’s working out locally, and he could be an addition that knows the AFC East inside and out to help. Now, we find out if Miami is really that interested.