Darrelle Revis will not face NFL punishment for the February fracas that got him in hot water, but it’s not a certainty that he’ll find work in 2017 either. Officials from four different teams indicated to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com that there isn’t any real demand for the cornerback’s services.
“He has lost a step with his age and some change-of-direction [ability] with his knee [surgery in 2012],” said one anonymous head coach. “I still believe he can do an adequate job at corner. I’m not sure if he has the range for free safety. He used to be a physical tackler, but with age that’s gotten worse, so playing strong safety is out of the question. Let him play corner with some protection and he’ll do fine.”
After speaking with the head coach plus one team executive, one personnel director, and one scout, Cimini gets the sense that Revis’ significant decline in 2016 and concerns about his commitment have tanked his value. Revis reportedly wants upwards of $6MM to play for someone in 2017, but it doesn’t sound like anyone wants to come near that kind of money for him based on what Cimini is hearing.
“His tape is so bad that it’s probably scaring a lot of teams away,” the scout said. “If he still thinks he’s a starter — and wants to be paid like a starter — that will be an issue.”
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