Revis probably isn’t “Revis Island” any more, and he is coming off a really bad year.
But I bet Revis would come to the Steelers motivated, embarrassed by how he played last year and ready to prove his doubters wrong. And that means the Steelers would likely get a much better version of Revis than the Jets had last year. A motivated Revis, even if he is a half-step slower than when he was the best in the business, would be the Steelers’ best cornerback.
I liken it to the Pirates resigning A.J. Burnett for the 2015 season.
Burnett was awful in Philadelphia in 2014, and most people insisted he was done. But he was playing for an awful team in an awful clubhouse, and obviously it ‘s tougher to get motivated to play every day on those teams. Many good players turn into mediocre or bad players when they are on teams that have no hope.
Burnett was also injured in 2014 and pitched through a sports hernia that contributed to his struggles as well.
Some people scoffed at the Pirates for signing him, but he turned out to be a pretty important player for them, especially early in the season. He was 8-3 with a 2.44 ERA at one point before he had some injuries that slowed him down the rest of the way.
All told, though, Burnett was a bargain for the Pirates that year given what they paid him, and he gave them 164 innings and 143 strikeouts.
The price tag was the key, though, as Burnett signed for $8.5 million, which is a very good price for a quality starting pitcher.
I think Revis has more in the tank left than Burnett did for his final season.
The Jets owe Revis $6 million, and that means they have to pay him that whether or not he plays. And if he decides to play and signs for less than $6 million, they have to make up the difference.
I would hate Revis at Stephon Gilmore’s price tag — or anything close to that — but he isn’t going to get anywhere near that neighborhood.
His market is what it is, and if the Steelers could sign him for less than $6 million per year for two years, I say do it.
The Steelers have generally not been a team that dips into free agency much. They have done a good job of locking up their own players this offseason, and they always build through the draft as well.
But the reality is the Steelers were the second best team in the AFC last year. The best team, the Patriots, was miles ahead of them and got better in the offseason by being aggressive in free agency and via trades.
This isn’t a typical offseason for the Steelers. They aren’t measuring themselves against the rest of the league. They are measuring themselves against the one team they haven’t been able to beat, and they have seemingly fallen further behind.
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