Former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has announced his retirement from the National Football League.
Revis had two stints with the Jets. The team traded up to pick him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. It was during his first stint in New York that Revis blossomed into a superstar and the unquestioned best cornerback in the NFL.
Revis ends his NFL career having played 145 games in 11 years with 494 tackles, 2 sacks, 139 passes defensed and 29 interceptions (3 of which went for touchdowns).
I view Revis’ relationship with the Jets fanbase as odd. The Jets haven’t produced many homegrown great players. On the surface it would seem Revis would be a beloved figure, but multiple ugly contract negotiations tarnished his reputation with Jets fans. This eventually led to a 2013 trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Then Revis committed the ultimate sin and signed with the New England Patriots, helping the hated rival win its fourth Super Bowl.
Revis returned home as a free agent in 2015, signing a mega-contract, but his second stint with the Jets was far less successful than the first. He did make the Pro Bowl in his first season back, but he sharply declined in the second year of the contract, leading the Jets to cut him and eat a lot of dead money. That contract is one of the worst in recent memory.
That is Revis’ complicated legacy. He’ll never be beloved the way guys like Nick Mangold and David Harris were. But he was the greatest player to suit up for this franchise since Curtis Martin.