Darrelle Revis signs with Kansas City Chiefs: “Its all about timing”

Revis Island has relocated to Kansas City.

Darrelle Revis has signed a two year agreement with Kansas City Chiefs, Wednesday. After the 2016 season he was released by New York Jets. Still being paid by Jets he used the offseason and the first 11 weeks of this season to reflect on last year, Revis said during Wednesday’s press conference. Ultimately, he decided to return to play football.

“The reason for me returning is the fire that I have. The fuel that I have to continue to play this game at a high level,” Revis said. “I had to figure out what was best for me in this time…I’ve been training, I’ve been staying in shape doing the things I need to do.”

Joining Chiefs 6-4 football club and a team that’s contending to win a Super Bowl Revis is wiling to do whatever it takes to push this team further.

“My role is to help the team win,” Revis said.

To do such, Revis is willing to fill in wherever the coaches need him. Whether that’s playing limited downs or covering slot receivers, Revis said.

One of the reasons why he chose to join Chiefs after several teams have been calling for him is because of their defensive coordinator Bon Sutton, he said. The two were together with New York Jets during Revis first stint when he was drafted in 2007 and stayed with the squad until he was traded in 2013. Sutton was the defensive coordinator during Revis’ first two seasons and remained on staff through 2012.

“He’s been very vital to my success in being drafted to the Jets,” Revis said. “He helped me grow as a football player, he helped me grow as a man.

“Teaming back up with him and loving what he does as a defensive coordinator is a no-brainer.”

When it comes to the team’s roster Revis is excited to join Marcus Peters on defense.

“He’s awesome, I like the way that he plays,” Revis said. “He’s took the league by storm. Very talented player and I’m excited about what we can do.”

Last year was a disappointing season being a leader on a Jets team that finished 5-11, Revis said. Heading into that season he was coming off a wrist surgery and admitted he was out of shape and was getting worn down after years of locking down no. 1 opposing receivers.

“I was in a place where I never experience something like that before,” Revis said. “I learned a valuable lesson and that’s why I took a lot of time off to really reflect on last year and just use it as fuel for me as I continue my career.”

Using the past eight months to recover he made sure he was “100 percent” before returning, he said. Now signing with a Chiefs team that’s ready to contend but in need of some help to get to the next level after losing four of the last five games, its a win-win.

“Its all about timing. It made sense for both parties,” Revis said.

Head coach Andy Reid is content with the transaction.

“He has experience and familiarity with Bob Sutton’s defense, he’s a team guy and we feel like a player of his caliber can help our football team,” Reid said.

Wheeling in the decorated high-profiled cornerback was General Manager Brett Veach who anticipates great things from this signing.

“Darrelle is a proven player in this league and we are excited to add him to our secondary,” Veach said. “He’s had a Hall of Fame career and his leadership and playing experience will be valuable to our defense.”

After Chiefs host Buffalo Bills this weekend Revis will make a return to MetLife Stadium when they take on the New York Jets.

A game Jets head coach Todd Bowles is hoping Revis doesn’t do well in.

“[Revis] is a true pro…we have all the respect in the world for him. He’s a legend here,” Bowles said during Friday’s press conference. “I’m sure he will play well for them, hopefully just not against us.”

Read about Darrelle Revis thoughts about his former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.

By Gino Terrell

This article was originally published in MCXV.


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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