“I can see that one coming from a mile away,” Francesa said. “The Jets aren’t going to pay him. He’ll leave. And he’ll make, I think, a very good transition to free safety, but that’s where his future lies in this league is as a free safety. I believe that his days of being the corner that he’s been are over. He’s not basically quick enough anymore to play corner the way he used to.”
Revis has struggled mightily this season and gave up two touchdown passes Sunday in the Jets’ 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots, including the game-winning 8-yard throw from Tom Brady to Malcolm Mitchell with 1:56 to play.
Revis, 31, has admitted to reporters this season that he’s “breaking down” and “getting old.”
The seven-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $70 million contract to return to the Jets in March 2015. He is set to count $15.33 million against the salary cap next season. If the Jets release Revis in the offseason, they would free up $7.33 million in cap space for 2017. The Jets are currently projected to be about $400,000 above the spending limit, according to OverTheCap.com.
When Revis was asked Sunday about his future with the team, he said: “It’s up to their decision. Every year rosters change. We’ll see. We’ll see how it goes.”
Meanwhile, Francesa argued that it was time for the 3-8 Jets to turn the page on this season and begin evaluating for the future, especially at quarterback.
“You want to look at the young players,” he said. “You want the young players to kind of step up and take leadership so that they can be there next year when the other guys have moved on.”
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