KANSAS CITY, Mo. (TNS) — In a bid to bolster a flagging secondary –– and perhaps add some juice to a team that has lost four of its last five games –– the Chiefs have signed veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis.
A corresponding move has not yet been announced.
Revis, 32, signed a two-year deal for the veteran minimum this year that includes no guaranteed money next year, a source confirmed to The Star, essentially amounting to a trial run in Kansas City.
That said, Revis should provide an immediate boost to the league’s 28th-ranked pass defense. The Chiefs have had a revolving door at the cornerback spot opposite star Marcus Peters, with Terrance Mitchell, Kenneth Acker and Phillip Gaines each logging reps.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid didn’t rule out Revis playing immediately; the Buffalo Bills come to town on Sunday. But Reid stressed that the Chiefs still need to see how Revis looks once he begins practicing.
“There’s no hurry –– he’s a veteran guy,” Reid said. “He looks like he’s in good shape, which he says he is. He knows the system; that’s the only reason I wouldn’t (rule him out Sunday). You’ve got to see where we’re at.”
When pushed further, Reid said he sees Revis eventually playing a prominent role in a secondary in which others have been “trying their hearts out” across from Peters.
“If you have to make a decision to go at one side or another, you go to other side,” Reid said. “Quarterbacks are gonna go opposite a Pro Bowler if they have a choice.”
The Chiefs are adding one of — in Reid’s words — the all-time great players at the position. The hope is that Revis will give the Chiefs a lift the way wide receiver Andre Rison gave the eventual-Super Bowl champion Packers a jolt in 1996, when Reid was an assistant in Green Bay.
“It’s just a matter of getting him back into the swing of things,” Reid said of the 5-foot-11, 198-pound Revis. “I’d think his role would be to step in and be a starter. That’s how I’d look at it.”
Reid said the Chiefs’ scouting staff consulted with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton before adding Revis, a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro selection who last made All-Pro in 2014 and the Pro Bowl in 2015. He recorded 53 tackles, five pass deflections and an interception with the Jets last season, when he was coming off a wrist injury and admitted to being out of shape.
Revis was at his apex during Sutton’s tenure with the Jets, where he served as a defensive coordinator (2006-08) and senior defensive assisant (2009-11). The Chiefs put stock in Sutton’s assessment.
“Bob will tell you he is one of the most competitive guys around,” Reid said. “Very intelligent. Very instinctive player. I can tell you this, competing with him from an offensive standpoint: very hard worker, on the field and off. And again, that’s Bob saying it.”
Reid said the Chiefs consulted a few other veteran players about Revis and liked what they heard.
“He has a reputation for being a good guy — a hard worker and a good guy,” Reid said. “Players are good with that.”
Reid said Revis also impressed general manager Brett Veach during his visit to the facility on Wednesday.
“I will tell you, he looks great physically,” Reid said. “Time will take a step away from you. That happens. He’s a smart guy that knows how to play the game. But I’m not telling you he still can’t run. He can run.”
Veach said in a statement that he expects Revis to be a positive addition to the club.
“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.”
Revis was due to count $15.3 million against the Jets’ 2017 salary cap before his release in March, which came 11 days after he was charged with four felonies after allegedly being involved in a fight with two men. The charges were dropped later that month.
Reid, however, said the injury is the reason Revis wasn’t added sooner.
“He’s ready to go now,” Reid said. “He was coming off the wrist (injury) he had last year, and this is when he was ready to go.
“We felt the same way, so it was a nice, mutual decision.”