Former Pitt star and longtime NFL standout Darrelle Revis signed a two-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs last Wednesday, putting an end to months of uncertainty over his future in the league.
Although he did not take part in his new team's matchup with the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, he will take the field next week against his former team, the New York Jets, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Jets released Revis on March 9, two years into the cornerback’s second stint with the team that drafted him out of Pitt in 2007. And while he earned himself a seventh trip to the Pro Bowl by snagging five interceptions and recovering four fumbles in 2015, his play dropped off significantly in 2016.
But the thought of what Revis could accomplish at his best was still fresh in the minds of many, and by September, he’d drawn interest from a number of teams, according to ESPN. The same report also noted that Revis was intent on making a return to the league in 2017 and had been in Florida training for his comeback.
For their part, the Chiefs appear to be a great fit for Revis, as they rank 28th in the league in passing yards allowed and have a dire need for reinforcements in their secondary. They're also in contention for the playoffs as the top team in the AFC West, though they'll need to improve on their 1-5 record since Week 6 to see the postseason.
At the least, the addition of Revis represents an effort by the Chiefs to get moving in the right direction. While signing him was something of a gamble, given his most recent season, his league-minimum salary represents a low risk, and the move could result in an incredible payoff.
Given a second chance to prove he still belongs in the league and an opportunity to show what he can do against the team that cut him, it should be interesting to see what Revis does this Sunday in his first game back.