On Wednesday, all charges against former Jets and Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis were dismissed. Reportedly, two men were beat up in an altercation with Revis and a long-time friend back in February in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Revis' friend apparently took the fall for his friend. Outside of the courthouse, Revis proclaimed he has lost 10 pounds and wants to get back out onto the field and compete at a high level again. Notoriously, Revis came into the season and played much of the 2016 campaign overweight and out of shape.
It appears as if Revis will not face any disciplinary action from the NFL regarding this matter, and he is free to be any regular free agent mulling over his options in free agency. Revis admitted he has not had much interest on the free agent market up until this point, but many teams may have shied away from the Super Bowl champion because of his stemming legal battle. At 31 years old, Revis could still get back into shape and play at a very high level or he may even try to reinvent himself, change positions, and play safety.
At this point in his career, Revis will only want to play for legitimate contenders. It is stupid to believe Revis would go to a team like the Tampa Bay Bucs to restart his career, like he did in 2013. Instead, Revis will be looking at a select number of teams that may be interested in his services, especially if he is playing for the league-minimum. While Revis has always been a businessman, the Jets are forced to pay $6 million to him in 2017, which will only go away if a team pays him over $6 million in a new contract. Revis has already said he is willing to play for this amount, which means he is counting on his skill and ability to get him another big contract after this next season.
The teams that could be interested in signing Revis include the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. Before you jump all over me, I know how the relationship ended between Revis and the Patriots. Revis left the Patriots and bad-mouthed them during Deflategate and the Patriots refused to let Revis' mother get into the ring ceremony to receive his Super Bowl XLIX championship ring.
Nonetheless, the Patriots and Revis know this relationship is about one thing: winning Super Bowls. The Patriots would be bringing Revis back to New England in the hopes of getting the former best cornerback on the planet to return, and Revis will be going to the Patriots to reignite his career and get that next, and perhaps last, big payday.
I don't care what people say, Revis can still play at a level that I believe is above-average. I am not saying the Patriots should bring in Revis to replace Malcolm Butler if he does sign an offer sheet with the New Orleans Saints. Rather, I want Revis here regardless of what happens. Bring in Revis to play on the outside and move Butler, if he is still with the team, to the inside to play in the slot. Butler does not have the size to match up with the likes of Julio Jones and DeSean Jackson in the NFC South, which will be one of the conferences the Patriots play this year. With Revis and newly acquired Stephon Gilmore on the outside and Butler on the inside, the Patriots could have perhaps the best secondary in the entire NFL.