Darrelle Revis’s arrest last week came as a shock to the football world. Since being drafted by the Jets in 2007, Revis had been a good teammate on the field and a model citizen off the field. Unfortunately for Revis, his first incident off the field may result in the end of his hall of fame career.
Revis was involved in an altercation at a Pittsburgh bar last Sunday. It is believed that Revis attacked two men, knocking them unconscious. It has also been reported that when a witness attempted to film the incident on his phone, Revis took the phone and threw it on the street. Revis was charged with aggravated assault, robbery, terroristic threats, and conspiracy stemming lat Thursday. Revis turned himself in to the authorities on Friday.
With Revis facing possible prison time, the NFL, as well as the Jets, need to make a decision on Revis. It’s safe to assume Revis will be suspended to start the 2017 season, but for how long remains to be seen. As for the Jets, they should be discussing whether or not to let Revis go. Revis was a shadow of his former self in 2016, leading to wonder whether or not the Jets would end up letting him go before the end of the season. The man who was once feared by all quarterbacks and wide receivers in the league was constantly picked on last season. He’s not the same player that held Reggie Wayne to one catch for one yard in the 2010 wild card game against the Colts. At one point last season, when Revis was asked about his poor play, the 31-year-old responded simply with “I’m old.”
There were even talks of moving the star cornerback to safety for the 2017 season. With this incident, the Jets may just decide to end their relationship with Revis. Revis is owed $15.3 million next season, but only $6 million of that is guaranteed. The Jets would save $9.3 million if they decide to cut him. Another option for the Jets could be to attempt to negotiate with Revis in restructuring his contract. If the Jets do end up cutting Revis, it would seem likely that he may consider retiring.
If Revis does get cut by the Jets due to this incident, and if he does decide to retire, the career of one of the greatest cornerbacks will come to an end in less than ideal circumstances. As Revis prepares for his trial, he may be more willing to take a pay-cut if it means staying with the Jets. Nobody wants their career to end like this. Revis may want to restore his public image before calling it quits. Right now, he needs the Jets more than they need him. He’s going to have to be very flexible if he wants to have a chance to stay with them.