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Darrelle Revis says playing for hometown Steelers would be ‘dream come true’

Darrelle Revis was born and raised near Pittsburgh and would love to play for the Steelers next.

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Darrelle Revis is on the free agency market and with his legal troubles now officially in the past, he’s already eyeing the possibility of a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“That would be a dream come true to play for the hometown team,” Revis said.

"As a child I watched the Steelers play,” Revis told’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. “Went to a few games as a young child. I played there in high school and college, so to play there professionally that would be awesome too. We'll see. Hopefully we'll have a conversation with the Steelers and see if we can come up with something."

Revis, 31, was born and raised near Pittsburgh and played college football for the Pittsburgh Panthers before he was selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

In 10 career seasons he has earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl, but now is a free agent for the third time. His last two times on the market resulted in a one-year, $12 million deal with the New England Patriots in 2014 and five-year, $70 million deal with the New York Jets in 2015. But Revis should expect a much more modest deal in 2017.

The aging veteran struggled in 2016 with the Jets and was released by the team in February. One NFL general manager even recently told the New York Daily News that they wouldn’t want sign him for free.

Revis understands that there are concerns about his waning skills and told Kinkhabwala that he has made changes to his nutrition that have made him 10 pounds lighter than he was a year ago. He also has prepared for the possibility that he could make a transition to safety.

"It's similar training, the way you train, the breaks, the checks, the calls,” Revis said. “I've been in a lot of secondaries where corners have to make calls as well during the game. I'm very familiar with a lot of different skills."

Four felony charges, including aggravated assault and terroristic threats, against Revis were dropped Wednesday.