Seven-time Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis reportedly won't be disciplined by the NFL following a February arrest, but according to Shannon Sharpe, Revis' legal troubles weren't the biggest reason he still hasn't been able to find a team after being released by the Jets.
On Tuesday's episode of "Undisputed", Sharpe explained why no teams are interested in the former superstar.
Revis has owned up to not being the same player, so why should any team want him?
“Everybody says, ‘Well, he didn’t play that bad.’
"I don’t know what tape you were watching.
"Here’s the thing, if you listen to him talk after the Rams game, they ask him, ‘Why aren’t you playing better?’
"They ask him in another game, ‘Are you going to see those one-catch, 1-yard games?’
"‘Probably not, I was a 23-, 24-year-old then.’
"If he says he’s old, you know what teams are saying? ‘Go take your old ass home and sit on the porch, you’re not coming out of that locker room to collect our money.’”
Brad MillsBrad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Revis sounds like he knows he can't play at a high level anymore
“The Jets gave him that contract, he gets $6 million if he never plays another game again from the Jets this year. And the hardest thing for an athlete to do is accept his own mortality when it comes to playing sports.
"For him to outwardly say, ‘I’m getting old,’ he sounds resigned to the fact that he’s not going to be that guy anymore. He said it, ‘I don’t have anything to prove. I’m the best cornerback of my generation.’ He said it! ‘I’m better than Deion Sanders.’
"Well, that’s not what your play showed.”
Mark J. RebilasMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Revis' attitude and commitment are a huge red flag
"When you say, ‘I’m old, I’ve got nothing to prove’ … Skip, let me tell you something. As an athlete, you always have something to prove. Not only to the guy you’re going up against, but there are going to be 30 other teams watching this tape at some point.
"At the end of the day, when you put that aside.. that man in the mirror, I’ve got to prove it to me that I can still go out there and do it. Because they’re paying me to go out there and do it.
"I was never going to be resigned to the fact that I’m getting old. Now I knew they were not going to give me the opportunities, so I couldn’t show what I could show when I was 27, 28 - but to say ‘I’m old,’ and you’re making $14 [million], $15 million.
"Take your old butt, sit on your porch and drink some lemonade and spend the Jets’ $6 million this year. Because you’re not bringing that attitude into our locker room.”
Scott GalvinScott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Revis quit on the field last season
“He came in out of shape, I don’t know how serious he is. Now he’s never going to have a body that’s all yoked up, abs everywhere, shredded up. That’s not his body type.
"But Skip, it looked to me like he quit in a lot of ball games, and it showed in his play.
"… If you make max dollars, I expect you to give me max effort. Nothing more, nothing less.”
Brad PennerBrad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Revis can still succeed at another position
“I believe he will recommit and play a position that you’ve seen others play, such as your friend Rod Woodson, didn’t he move from corner to safety?
"The Pittsburgh Steelers said, ‘You know what? You’re done. You’re washed up. You can’t play corner, you’ve lost a step. You’re out of here.’ And they cut him, they sent him home.
"He said, ‘Well, watch this.’ And he said ‘watch this’ with the Ravens, and he said ‘watch this’ with theRaiders. I was watching, because he was great at safety - and Revis can be equally great at safety."