Darrelle Revis is now a member of the New England Patriots. Just the thought of that seemed almost impossible a year ago, but the Patriots and Revis were able to work out a one-year, $12 million contract when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the eight-year veteran immediately after free agency begin back in March. Revis enters this season as one of the top corners in the game, but is he the best? Revis answered that question on Sunday.
The All-Pro cornerback told Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe that he doesn’t feel like he has to prove that he’s still one of the top corners to the rest of the league. As long as his coaches and teammates have confidence in him, that’s all that matters.
“No, I don’t feel like I have to prove nothing to anybody. The only thing I have to prove is to my teammates, that I’m there for them and I’m there to win games and help us win,” he said. “All that other stuff, it really don’t matter. It really doesn’t. Anybody can say anything; it is what it is. I respect all those guys, I really do. I respect them all.”
While players like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Arizona Cardinals top defensive back Patrick Peterson feud about who is the league’s top corner, Revis has decided to do his talking on the field, which is why he could only shake his head when he was asked if he had something to prove as a member of the Patriots.
As far as health or any physical setbacks, Revis should definitely be a lot healthier since returning last year from a torn ACL. He was slowed a little, but still remained one of the best at his position. The 28-year-old is also the highest paid cornerback per year and has a second-year option for $20 million. He may have to prove to the Patriots that he is more than worth keeping around beyond this season. But, again that will be accomplished in practice, the locker room and on the field during games.
And Already it appears that Revis has adapted to the Patriot way as far as addressing the media, but Ty Law, a longtime friend and mentor of Revis as well as a former New England defensive back, feels Revis will definitely be out there to make a statement.
“He’s definitely out there with something to prove because of all the guys getting the big contracts, and he was down in Tampa Bay as a forgotten guy,” Law said. “He’s still thinking, ‘Wait a minute, I am still top dog.’ And he wants to win, that’s the most important thing.”
Darrelle Revis is definitely not forgotten in New England. The former New York Jets defensive back has so much respect from head coach Bill Belichick that the two were able to put any past differences aside. Revis respects Belichick and he is in New England to win. He has already made the Patriots’ secondary the best it has been since the days of Mr. Law himself.