It hasn't been a typical offseason for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Obviously the rehab for the ACL tear he suffered in the 2012 season has been a curveball, but Darrelle Revis has also been forced to deal with rumblings of being traded and other cornerbacks challenging his throne as the best cornerback in the NFL. While no one is ready to take that title away based on performance yet, Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks started some beef on Twitter with the man known as Revis Island.
Darrelle Revis has been spending this offseason trying to get healthy, rehabbing his injured knee in the hopes of returning to elite status at cornerback for the New York Jets. At least going into the offseason he had to be focused on doing it for the Jets. Recently, talk of a Darrelle Revis trade may have clouded his future, although Rex Ryan tried to dispel those rumors yesterday at the NFL Combine.
Still, it's the first time there's been serious talk about Darrelle Revis in another uniform. He has said before that he wants to stay with the Jets for the rest of his career and the team has said they want him to be here. Even when the contract negotiations got ugly and he held out of training camp in 2010, there wasn't any talk of Darrelle Revis playing elsewhere. That changed when it was reported that owner Woody Johnson had discussions about trading Darrelle Revis, but Rex Ryan nows says that never happened.
Finally, Darrelle Revis has been directly challenged in terms of his true impact on a game and status as the top cornerback in the NFL. Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks started the tiff on twitter, claiming to be a better cornerback because he forces more turnovers. Of course, he's ignoring the fact that teams don't throw at Darrelle Revis and he essentially closes off half the field. But Revis doesn't need anyone to fight his battles. He quickly hit a sure sore spot for Richard Sherman, bringing up the name Roddy White. And there was no real way for Sherman to respond to that, because there's really no one to bring up as having Darrelle's number (The closest, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson, is a stretch).
The supremely confident Darrelle Revis defended his own honor:
Come on Richard. He might have a bad wheel right now, but Darrelle Revis is still King of the cornerbacks.