Jets CB Darrelle Revis said during an interview on WFAN on Thursday that while he can still play at a high level, he might eventually consider a move to safety.
For the best corners in the league over the last five to ten years, this seems to be a common way for them to extend their career while still playing at a high level. Speed is not the most important factor in playing cornerback, but it is a big one and Revis has always been more reliant on his tape study, technique, skill and smarts than pure speed.
As time catches up to him, it's natural that he will want to continue to play in the most advantageous way possible. We've seen Ronnie Lott, Rod Woodson, Charles Woodson, and others extend their careers by switching to safety. Hell, if Deangelo Hall can do it, Darrelle Revis sure can.
Assuming Revis stays with the Jets, this seems like a sensible transition. To play safety, a corner has to be physical. Revis has always been physical, getting his nose in against the run or even taking on opposing offensive lineman on rare occasions.
Revis makes sense in a safety role in a scheme more responsible for coverage work who could easily drop down to cover a slot receiver as a nickel-back as necessary. With Calvin Pryor playing as the hybrid safety/linebacker closer to the line of scrimmage and the ball, it could be a fun pairing to watch down the road.
But how far down the road? That's hard to say, Charles Woodson transitioned to safety about 15 years in and played three more seasons. Champ Bailey had a shorter career but never made the transition to safety. I think we need to see what sort of level Revis can play at this year to assess.
Revis might have another three-to-four years at corner, or the transition might need to come sooner if he feels he can't play corner at the level to which he's accustomed. Either way, he's been one of my favorite Jets of all time to watch play in this uniform and the longer I get to do so, I'll be happy.