Darrelle Revis should walk through the gates of The Evil Empire, kneel before Foxborough’s Zod and pledge eternal loyalty.
There’s only one man who can revive Revis’ career, one genius with the power to squeeze out any ounce of good football that remains in his aging body. There is no other way at this point.
Revis must beg Bill Belichick for forgiveness.
The former Jets cornerback has a few hurdles to clear before he has any chance of returning to the good graces of the Patriots. Revis is facing four felony charges stemming from an ugly street fight on a Pittsburgh corner last month. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Revis will probably have to successfully navigate through his legal entanglements before finding a new NFL home.
The Jets officially cut him last week after an uninspiring season stained by poor effort and production. The Revis camp actually revealed recently that the cornerback played the 2016 season at a bloated 217 pounds. (Belichick presumably will have a no-Twinkie clause in Revis’ contract if he decided to take him back).
The biggest obstacle for Revis might actually be his own words, which got him into the hot water with Patriots Nation after signing a blockbuster deal to return to the Jets two years ago.
Revis inexplicably took jabs at Belichick, Tom Brady and the entire Patriots organization during the Deflategate drama. A few months after Revis won his lone Super Bowl in New England, he pointed out the organization’s questionable past.
“(The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff,” Revis told the Daily News in the summer of 2015. “You can’t hide that… Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past. New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble. When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, (the NFL) had the evidence. So, they did what they needed to do.”
Revis didn’t exactly come to Brady’s defense, which was unfairly criticized by former Patriots greats.
“I don’t know,” Revis told The News at the time when asked if Brady was a cheater. “I don’t care. It doesn’t matter. If people want to judge him as a cheater, that’s their opinion.”
The Patriots were already fuming at Revis’ early Instagram rant that made him look like a super hero that saved Belichick and Brady’s derrieres en route to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLIX.
“They ain’t win another one until I came d—head so who got who a ring,” Revis wrote to a fan on his official Instagram page at the time. “S–t I didn’t have to go there so basically I did bill & Tom a favor not the other way around c–t.”
The backlash over his comments to The News prompted Revis to send his mother to get his Super Bowl ring at the team ceremony. One problem: The Patriots didn’t allow his mother into the celebration.
Have the organization’s feelings softened or is Revis still an enemy of the state?
Belichick understands the cut-throat nature of the NFL better than anyone, so could he look past Revis’ verbal missteps and bring him back. It’s no secret that Revis genuinely enjoyed playing for Belichick.
It’s also no secret that the Belichick is in go-for-it mode in the twilight of Brady’s career with a tour-de-force free-agent frenzy that has included trading for a dynamic wide receiver and tight end, signing the best free-agent cornerback on the market and adding a pass rusher. Revis, who will turn 32 this summer, could be a nice cheap addition to his secondary.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk recently reported that Revis might be inclined to sit out this season if he didn’t get at least $8 million given that the Jets are on the hook for $6 million in guarantees. The Patriots obviously aren’t going to pay him that much, but if he wants to erase the memories of being a laughingstock, then Foxborough makes the most sense.
If New England’s winning culture can’t inspire Revis to give a professional effort, nothing will. If he slacks off like he did for the Jets, Belichick will simply cut him. If he comes to training camp resembling the Kool-Aid Man, he’ll get his walking papers.
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Published at Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:27:37 +0000