Could negative opinions goad Revis into playing?

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Cornerback Darrelle Revis can take 2017 off and make $6 million from the Jets. If he plays, the Jets get a dollar-for-dollar credit up to the full $6 million.

Some think the break-even point for Revis will be higher than $6 million, since he can reject any offer and still make $6 million from the Jets. Unless, of course, his ego gets involved.

It could, given the opinions provided to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. At least two NFL personnel executives have teed off on Revis’ skills, or lack thereof, under the cover of anonymity.

“Have you seen his tape?” an unnamed G.M. told Mehta. “I wouldn’t let him play for me for free.”

“Revis is done,” another unnamed executive told Mehta. “You respect the body of work throughout his career, but all good things come to an end.”

Setting aside for now whether opinions are ever credible when expressed in secrecy, it’s ludicrous to suggest that a team wouldn’t sign Revis to the 90-man offseason roster at the league minimum. Ten years ago, everyone assumed Randy Moss was done after two crappy years with the Raiders. Then, in his first season with the Patriots, he was every bit as good (if not better) than he was from 1998 through 2004.

Revis quite possibly got soft and lazy last year. At 31, he possibly still has gas in the tank — if he chooses to use it. And if Mehta, whose writing has had a palpable anti-Revis slant in recent weeks, can goad Revis into proving people wrong by playing, the Jets can save up to $6 million.

18 responses to “Could negative opinions goad Revis into playing?

  1. .
    Compare the performance of 39 year old Tom Brady to that of 31 year old Revis. Revis retired 2 years ago, but failed to notify the Jets.
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  2. It’s not like Manish has always been anti-Revis. He actually used to be Revis’ mouthpiece until Revis fired his agents. That’s the true reason Manish is now so anti-Revis.

  3. Could negative opinions goad Manish Mehta into becoming an actual journalist?

    It could, given the opinions provided by readers of the New York Daily News. At least two sports journalism executives have teed off on Mehta’s skills, or lack thereof, under the cover of anonymity.

    “Have you seen his articles?” an unnamed editor asked. “I wouldn’t let him write for me for free.”

  4. But he no longer has the skills to prove the negative opinions wrong. By coming back he will only prove them right.

  5. You could not make another dime in your life, make 6 million ONLY next year, and live the rest of your 50-60 years on earth comfortably.

    Except, Revis has a decade of NFL hits on his body, so it’s more like 40 years… and he also has many many many millions more in career earnings…

    So, his bank account is full, and he has a marketable skill set if he chooses to coach/mentor (which will pay him decently, and he doesn’t have to damage his body).

    To be honest, where is the motivation for him to play at all?

  6. Free Safety seems like it makes sense for him. But he’s always shied away from making contact in the run game. Unless he changes that, I wouldn’t want him playing safety for me.

  7. Revis was the best man cover guy in the league at one time, but he was never great in space. I doubt he has a long future, even if he moved to safety.

  8. I’d like to see him sign for $1 with a division rival as a going a way gift to Woody before Woody goes off to work on ruining the relationship USA has with Great Britian.

  9. I’m sure these comments came from Jets personnel to try & sway him into coming back to save them some $$. But if I were him I wouldn’t play for less than like $10M. He probably won’t get that. But why play for $10M, when you can just chill for $6M?

  10. Revis is all done, unless someone pays more than $6 mil. His history tells us if anybody at all offers him $6,000,001 he’ll play. ANYBODY. If there’s a team that’ll pay that for him now, they must have a bad secondary

  11. Mehta sucks and those saying Revis shies away from contact in the run game a la Deion are wrong – until 2016 he was great playing the run

  12. “Setting aside for now whether opinions are ever credible when expressed in secrecy…”

    Oh, sure. It’s a conspiracy.

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