Jets would be wise to convert Darrelle Revis to safety
If the New York Jets were wise, not only would they ask cornerback Darrelle Revis for a hefty pay cut but to also convert into a safety in the grand scheme of things.
It’s no secret that cornerback Darrelle Revis has lost a major step this season with the New York Jets. There are some serious questions about his overall work ethic, preparation, and if he’s being completely honest about his health at any given time.
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As this season is coming to an end in just a few more weeks, the Jets have a major decision coming ahead if Revis should be a part of the franchise moving forward. Besides dealing with wrist and hamstring injuries, it’s clear that Revis’s transition from a cornerback to safety must happen if he’s to bounce back in 2017 and beyond.
Sometimes the conversion from a cornerback to safety is easy for players with the caliber of Revis. As a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he will undoubtedly want his final few years to not be remembered as bad as 2016 has been. The Jets, on the other hand, need to be strict when it comes to how they’ll handle his contract this offseason.
Set to make $13M in 2017 with $6M of it guaranteed, it’s imperative the Jets request he takes a major pay cut for the overall benefit of the team. The Jets have many glaring positions that need to be addressed both in free agency and the 2017 NFL Draft since they’ll need finances to make key acquisitions to bolster the team.
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Considering that the Jets will more than likely have a massive overhaul in coaches and overpaid veteran players in 2017, it’s unforeseeable to see them flat out cut Revis due to the big salary cap hit the Jets would take ($15.3M as per Spotrac.com).
The best situation for both sides would be a restructured contract and Revis transitioning to safety due to his decline at cornerback. Revis easily has another year or two of playing time left and perhaps the switch to safety can enable him to play more efficiently and possibly even longer.
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Either way, Revis needs to convert to safety and prove he’s worthy of still being a starting defensive back. 2016 will be remembered as an embarrassing one not only for the Jets but for Revis as well. A newly restructured and cap friendly deal would gain some respect back for him due to his lack of hustle this season and perhaps a new position change could be exactly what he needs to return to glory.