New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis might not be lining up against the NFL’s top receivers for too much longer.
No, the 31-year-old isn’t retiring from football—he’s considering moving to safety for the latter part of his career.
“There will be conversations in the future about maybe moving my position to safety,” Revis told NJ.com on Thursday. “But as of right now, I still feel I can play at a high level, and play the cornerback position at a high level.”
Revis remains one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He was tied for sixth in interceptions last season (5), and he was named to his seventh Pro Bowl. He is also a four-time first team All-Pro.
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It’s not uncommon for veteran corners to switch to safety. In 2012, Charles Woodson made the switch for the Green Bay Packers, and from 2012 to 2015, he totaled 11 interceptions. Woodson retired last season from the Oakland Raiders after playing 18 years in the NFL.
Besides Woodson, Rod Woodson and Ronde Barber also made the switch to safety. Rod Woodson, who moved to the position in 1999, had seven interceptions that season, and from 1999 to 2003, he tallied 24 picks. Barber switched in 2012, picking up four interceptions in his last season.
Except for Barber, who retired after one season at safety, Rod and Charles Woodson were able to extend their careers by making the switch. After making the switch in 1999, Rod Woodson played 4 more years, retiring at the age of 38. Charles Woodson played until he was 39.
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Revis switching to safety could extend his career, but he would still have to get used to the position. For now, he is more effective at cornerback.
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