Darrelle Revis doesn’t make sense for the Dallas Cowboys for many reasons. His production of late wouldn’t even make him a decent stop-gap player.
I am going to tell you five reasons why I believe he isn’t.
1. Revis’ age
Revis will turn 32 years-old in July and rarely do corners get better with age. In fact, usually their production falls off a cliff around the 32-34 mark. Given the track record of the Dallas front office lately, it is highly unlikely they would even consider him at this point.
The Cowboys signed Nolan Carroll in free agency to a very cap-friendly contract. Even though the ex-Eagles corner was recently arrested for DUI charges, it is highly unlikely America’s Team pulling the plug on him just yet.
3. Young draft picks
Dallas didn’t use four of their draft picks on secondary players for nothing. The front office realized they had a problem on the back end of the defense and they threw draft selections at it. Out of the four players drafted it’s highly probable that three of them make the team and one likely starts.
4. Declining production
2016 was by far the worst season of Revis’ career. He gave up a passer rating of 91.7 when thrown against, had only five passes defensed and one interception. For a player making the kind of money, this is simply unacceptable.
5. He’s just a big name at this point
Yes, I said it. If Revis wasn’t such a well-known player for his past accomplishments nobody would be screaming for him to be signed. He was one of the worst starting corners in the entire league last year and he wouldn’t even be a stop-gap player at this point.
If by some fluke a team did pick Revis up and started him, he would only be taking reps from a more capable, likely much younger player.
“Revis Island” is no more. It has sunk into the ocean that gets all veterans in this league at some point: Age. Move on, Cowboys fans. The future is bright with the young bucks on the team and there is no need to sign retreads that aren’t even good anymore.