The contract Revis signed with the Chiefs last year made it seem likely that Kansas City was only going to keep him for the 2017 season, as he was due an $8.8 million roster bonus this offseason.
Revis said last month that he was looking forward to playing next season whether it was for Kansas City or another team.
“You never know with these things,” Revis said, via ESPN.com. “This is my fourth team. Rosters always change. Even if we went the distance and won the Super Bowl, that team changes as well. I understand the situation.
“I’m always optimistic about these things. I’m just being optimistic and if the opportunity presents itself, you take the opportunity.”
Revis didn’t sign on with the Chiefs until midseason and explained that having an entire offseason should really help him perform at a higher level next season.
“I was out for almost a whole year [by the time of the signing with the Chiefs],” Revis said. “You have to weigh those types of things in. No player can come in and just make plays being out for a year. I missed [offseason practice]. I’m the type of guy that I’m here for [offseason practice], here all the way to camp. You have to put all of those things in consideration. I didn’t go to training camp. I remember I held out from training camp one year a few years back and I was even young back then and it still affected me when I came back.
“I just feel like if I had been here during those [offseason practices] and training camp practices I would have had more reps and been more comfortable. I still think I can contribute. I think a lot of people kind of criticized me because of how I played in the past but for the most part the role I played here was simply to contribute. The role coach gave me was to play nickel and that’s what I came to do.”
Revis, 32, 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 last year.
Because he was owed so much money by the Jets, Revis elected to wait until late in the season before signing a two-year, contract with the Chiefs. As of now, Revis was set to make a base salary of $1.01 million for the 2018 season, but it’s unlikely that Kansas City will pick up his $8.8 million roster bonus.
In 2017, Revis appeared in five games for the Chiefs and recorded 11 tackles, no interceptions and two pass defenses.