Following the news that all charges in the alleged assault case have been dropped on Wednesday, free agent Darrelle Revis tells Aditi Kinkhabwala that he “definitely” still has the hunger to play in the NFL and is open to having conversations about position switch to safety.
Kinkhabwala asked Revis about possibly playing for his hometown team, the Steelers, to which he said: “[It] would be a dream come true.”
Revis also added that he’s lost 10 pounds since last season and is working with a new trainer and has changed his entire nutrition plan, per Kinkhabwala.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk previously reported that the Steelers aren’t interested in signing Revis to a contract, even though they’ve been in the market for cornerback help.
Florio points out that if a team were to offer Revis less than $6 million for the 2017 season, there wouldn’t be much of an incentive for him to play, considering that he’s owed $6 million from the Jets.
According to Florio, the current thinking among those familiar with Revis’ situation is that he’s likely to pass on anything less than $8 million for the 2016 season and possibly sit out the season.
Revis, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2007. He was entering the third year of his five-year, $70 million contract that includes $39 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $13 million for the 2017 season when he was released by the Jets.
It’s worth mentioning that signing him to a contract won’t impact a team’s compensatory picks, considering that he was released.
In 2016, Revis appeared in 15 games for the Jets and recorded 53 tackles, one interception and five pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 66 cornerback out of 112 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.