Revis still faces an uncertain future in the Big Apple.
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has started running again as he steps up his rehabilitation from a torn knee ligament.
The 27-year-old was sidelined for most of last season after tearing his ACL six months ago, with his recovery bid being charted by the NFL Network.
In the TV piece released on Thursday, Revis is seen cutting, performing agility drills and running on a treadmill. Should he get clearance from the Jets medical staff, he will begin to run without any restrictions.
“I can’t wait until my name gets called, when I’ll get to run out the tunnel and be where I usually be in my comfort zone. Go out there and play ball, I played six years and it went so fast, so I’m just so grateful, I thank God I got a second chance,” he told NFL.com.
Revis will travel to New York for the start of the Jets’ off-season program on Monday, and while he would prefer to continue his rehab in Arizona, the financial implications of not attending the work-outs have persuaded him otherwise as he would forfeit $3m in bonuses.
However, while he appears to be on the road to a full and healthy recovery from his injury, his future is still uncertain with trade rumours continuing to swirl around him.
“I know that’s a lot of talk, but we’ll see what happens. If I’m there or if I’m not. But that’s the next phase for me in my career in these next couple weeks,” he added.
Reports suggest that he could be traded before the April 25 draft, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showing a great deal of interest in acquiring him.
While Revis is entering the final year of his contract, general manager John Idzik will likely want a package of draft picks, with the Buccaneers possessing a first-rounder this year, No.13 overall.
With the cornerback pushing to be among the league’s best paid defensive players, the Jets are attempting to balance out the books. A split seems certain, and the franchise will likely be looking to deal this off season.