New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said he is open to moving to safety and hopes to return to the team next season following a disappointing 2016 season and comments that the organization should treat him "with class."
Revis, who in mid-December said he would not transition to safety during the 2016 season, said he and head coach Todd Bowles have had "a small talk or two" about a possible move to safety, but Bowles said he would not discuss any player heading into the offseason.
"If we have that discussion and make that (move) going forward he'll have the challenges of just moving from corner to safety," Bowles said after the Jets' season-ending 30-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. "Most of the instincts stuff is still the same, but we'll see. We haven't made any decisions or had concrete discussions going forward."
A year after recording five interception, Revis, 31, only had one this season, which came on a deflection in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. While he had been a shutdown corner for most of his 10-year career, opposing quarterbacks had a 109.8 QB rating when targeting him this season entering Sunday's game, according to Pro Football Focus via the New York Post.
Revis said he studied players like Rod Woodson, Deion Sanders and Charles Woodson who have made the transition from cornerback to safety.
"You've got to know (there could be) a point in time of your career you might have to make that move and that's the next chapter for you," Revis said. "And that's fine. Like I said, if I can help this team, they could put me at linebacker. I don't know how successful I would be, but at the same time I'd try to do the job."
Revis is guaranteed $6.3 million next season and could earn as much as $15.3 million should he stay with the team. Asked if he wanted to return, Revis said, "I'm still under contract. This is where I want to return. I do not make those decisions."
Earlier this week, Revis said he felt he had "done enough" to stay with the Jets as he finished the second year of a five-year, $70 million deal.
"Would I love to be here? Yes. Will I be back? That's a great question," Revis told the New York Post's Mike Cannizzaro. "My thing would be this: Do the New York Jets want to treat my situation with class or no class? With me being one of the best players in the history of this franchise, do they want me to retire here or not retire here?"
On Sunday, he acknowledged the possibility that he could have played his final game as a Jet.
"You never know. And if that is the case, it is the case," Revis said. "I still have a lot of football to play. This offseason is going to be a lot of thinking where my future is and what can I do to help the team win games. If that means changing my position to help the team win, then that's fine. I still love the game. I still have passion for it."