The New York Jets announced recently that they will release veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis on March 9, the start of the league year, and since that time there’s been a lot of speculation that he might ultimately sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Thursday, Peter King of Sports Illustrated added some more fuel to that speculation during his interview on the Mike & Mike Radio Show.
“I think Revis probably will play [another season] because the only thing that I’ve heard about Revis is how he hates how this year ended [with the Jets],” King said. “And look, he doesn’t need the money, he’s made quarterback money. He’s been like Deion Sanders. When Deion Sanders came into the league in 1989 he was determined to flip the field of how defensive players are played and he did that. So, I think hes probably going to try to play but no one knows whether it will be at cornerback or safety. I think Pittsburgh is going to at least investigate him hard about trying cornerback one more year.”
The Steelers reportedly had interest in Revis a few years ago ahead of him signing a free agent contract with the Jets. However, as we saw last season, Revis is no longer the shut-down cornerback that he once was and because of that several speculate he might need to move to safety in order to continue his career.
Revis, who less than two weeks ago was charged with four felonies, including aggravated assault, stemming from his alleged role in a street fight in Pittsburgh, is reportedly due in court March 15 for a pre-trial hearing and that of course will take place after his March 9 release.
If the Steelers were to have interest in Revis once again in the coming weeks it would likely be as a cornerback as King suggested. Additionally, Revis better not be looking for a big contract from the Steelers as the team will undoubtedly be looking to sign him for well below what he thinks his market value probably is if they do indeed wind up having any interest in him.
Personally, I hope the Steelers steer clear of Revis unless they can sign him for uber cheap. That way the team won’t have much invested in him should his below average play continue.