The next wave of free-agent signings is underway, and Darrelle Revis is still out there. He says he's "actually 10 pounds lighter"than he was last season — and that doesn’t include the weight of all those shaky criminal charges that are off his shoulders now.
So, whichteams coulduse a cornerback who’s turning 32 this summer, who just two years ago was still worthy of his "Revis Island"nickname, who has a Super Bowl ring, but who was so off his game with the Jets last year that teams are questioning whether he’s washed up?
Who, in addition, could make the transition to safety that previous Hall of Famers have (Ronnie Lott, Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson), but who some have doubted has the temperament to change?
That’s a lot — but lots of teams have secondary needs.
Here are five who should give Revis a look.
Not just because Revis mentioned them specificallyWednesday, largely because it’s home to himand a good place to finish his career. If they’re going to chase and catch the Patriots, they’ll have to defend the pass better, at least better than they did in the AFC title game.
They’ve drafted corners early in the last two drafts, so they're skewing younger. But if the price is right, adding Revis somewhere in the secondary can’t hurt.
Green Bay Packers
Oh, do they ever need secondary help, after the season they had last yearandreached the NFC title game in spite of it. Clearly they have no desire to spend a lot there (they’ve let good players walk in place of youngsters lately). They’re thin right now, and they stay injured.
That defense needs help, and so does Aaron Rodgers. Charles Woodson’s second act came, yes, there in Green Bay.
They collect good (often great) defensive backs in the desert, but they just lost two to free agency, safeties Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger.
Revis isn’t on track to be that kind of safety for them(if he switches), but it mightnot matter.If he’sclose to his old form, grouping him with Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu would make that the Bermuda Triangle for quarterbacks. Worth thinking about.
This could help fix the problem they caused a year ago when they let Josh Norman walk away. The usual caveat, of course, is Revis is not the Revis of old, and he’s not as good as Norman is now.
But he’s an upgrade from the mess the Panthers had there last year. Since they also welcomed back Julius Peppers up front, adding that experience (albeit also age) in the back of the defense can’t hurt.
New England Patriots
How Belichickian would that be — to grab Revis after one stint as an ex-Jet, win a Super Bowl, turn him loose for the Jets to grab again, see him flop in New York, then grab him off their scrap heap again to torment them? Especially with the Jets picking up part of the tab.
Going back to New Englandlikely would stir up Revis’juices one more time. Plus, while they've signed Stephon Gilmore, they’ve lost Logan Ryan and could move Malcolm Butler. This needs to happen, really.