Need A Safety? Book Your Flight To Revis Island
Let's set aside the assault charges filed against Revis for the moment. It is, as of this writing, inconclusive that the Jets CB ever laid a hand on anyone, and I suspect the case will be thrown out due to insufficient evidence.
That aside, consider this: Darrelle Revis has proven himself to be one of the best defensive backs in the history of the NFL over the course of his career. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a four-time First Team All-Pro, and had offenses absolutely terrified of his coverage abilities for the majority of his career.
Unfortunately, last season, Revis saw a steep decline in game play and was even being looked at as heavy-legged and too old to remain competitive at the cornerback position. After watching some of the film on him, it is clear that he simply is not the same lockdown corner he once was.
The Jets are likely to cut him this offseason in an effort to create cap space, and so, some buzz has already started as to which team is most likely to take a chance on the aging Revis.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, there are rumors that in Revis's contract that the Jets can escape paying him his $15M for next season if they suspend him or fine him for "conduct detrimental to the team", which this whole South Side altercation could certainly fit the bill to. This also would allow them to escape the $6M guarantee they'd owe him too, apparently. Bad times, Revis.)
To me, the answer is simple: Any team looking to fill a gap at safety would be incredibly foolish not to take a chance on Darrelle.
The formula is certainly there. How many examples have we seen over the years of players who were excellent corners who moved to safety to compensate for their deteriorating bodies? Plenty of them, and to large degrees of success. Rod and Charles Woodson are the most likely suspects, and DeAngelo Hall is a more recent example. Arguably, Revis was a better corner than any of these examples ever were, and so, doesn't it only make sense that he would be as good, if not better, at safety?
Look for GMs across the league to elbow their way to the front of the line to sign Revis this offseason at safety. A two-year deal with an underwhelming cap hit would be an absolute layup for a team like the Cardinals, Steelers, or Saints if Revis is willing to learn the new position. If he still thinks he can go at cornerback, however, I would let him be someone else's problem.
After all, he is dealing with some legal issues.