Pro bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis was an integral member of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX championship. Even still, head coach Bill Belichick refused to offer the then-29-year-old star a multi-year contract, allowing Revis to return to the AFC East-rival New York Jets on a five-year, $70 million contract.
Revis was once again made the Pro Bowl in 2015, tallying 5 interceptions and 9 pass break ups.
This season has not gone as well for the Jets secondary. Revis has just one pass break up through 7 games as the Jets rank 28th in the league surrendering 284 passing yards per game. Revis Island appears to be sinking.
“My body’s breaking down,” Revis told Newsday on Thursday. “Yeah, I am. I mean, not in a bad way. I can still play. It’s just, I’m breaking down. I’m 31. How many corners are 31 right now in the league? The league’s getting younger. I know (Vikings cornerback Terence) Newman’s still playing (at 38), which is impressive. But I don’t know how he’s doing it.”
It’s quite the admission from the former Patriots player.
“I’m not thinking about retirement at this moment,” said Revis. “I’ve just got to continue to take care of my body. Some of the past injuries, they linger. They linger.”
Bill Belichick clearly made the right call.