It’s a career trajectory many great cornerbacks have taken in the past. Once it becomes apparent they don’t have the athleticism or tread left on the tires, they decide to move from cornerback to safety. It’s a transition that worked well for the likes of Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson and Aeneas Williams in the past.
It now looks like future Hall of Famer Darrelle Revis is willing to give it a try as long as it helps his New York Jets team.
According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Revis spoke to head coach Todd Bowles about the possibility during the season and plans to discuss it with the Jets prior to the start of the new league year in March.
Coming off a disastrous 2016 performance, it makes sense that the Jets might want to use Revis in a different capacity. Simply put, he absolutely stunk it up on the field this past regular season — uncharacteristically yielding multiple big plays down the field.
Unfortunately for Revis, a move to safety will also likely mean a pay decrease. He’s scheduled to make $15 million in 2017, a number the Jets are likely unwilling to pay in the first place. There’s also suggestions that Jets owner Woody Johnson is not happy with Revis’ and his perceived lack of effort this past season (more on that here).
If the Jets were to keep Revis in the mix, it would likely come with a much cheaper price tag. Safeties in today’s NFL do not earn top-end cornerback money unless they are of the Earl Thomas and Eric Berry ilk.
Ten years into his NFL career, and we have no idea whether this transition would work out for Revis. In reality, it’s more about him preserving his career and looking to play longer.