EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- It was painfully obvious to spectators of the New York Jets this season that the man formerly known as an "Island," was slowly sinking.
Darrelle Revis saw a rapid decline in production and looked nothing like the player who earned the nickname "Revis Island," due to his dominant shutdown ability from the cornerback position. Now the 31-year-old is saying that it would be "fine" if the Jets choose to move him to safety.
"This offseason, there will be a lot of thinking what my future is and what I can do to best help the team win games," Revis told reporters after Sunday's win against the Buffalo Bills. "If that means changing my position to help the team win games, that's fine. I still love the game. I still have a passion for it and I still want to play at a high level."
Quarterbacks targeting Revis this season had a 109.8 passer rating. From 2007 to 2015, he allowed a rating of just 60.4, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jets coach Todd Bowles has already had a discussion with Revis about a position change.
Career passer rating of QBs targeting Darrelle Revis 2007-15: 60.4 Passer rating of QBs targeting Darrelle Revis 2016: 109.8 📉💣— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) December 26, 2016
"I've studied a lot of the greats," Revis told reporters. "Rod Woodson, Deion Sanders, Charles Woodson as well. Those guys have made that transition from corner to safety so you have to know the point in time at your career that you might have to make that move and that's the next chapter for you. And that's fine. If they put me at linebacker, I don't know how successful I would be, but at the same time I would try to do the job."
Revis is due $15 million next season, leading some critics to call for him to be cut from the Jets this offseason. The four-time First-Team All-Pro had 43 tackles and an interception in his 10th year in the league.