Darrelle Revis retired on Wednesday, putting a bow on an impressive career.
The shutdown cornerback was paid handsomely for his exploits, finishing with $124.2 million in career earnings, the most in history at the position. Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com lauded Revis' business acumen and doesn’t think a cornerback will surpass him for the mantle of highest-paid anytime soon.
After a glance at the current top earners, it's easy to see his point, but there is one player on the list who could make a run at Revis: Patrick Peterson.
The Cardinals' perennial Pro Bowler will be $49.4 million behind Revis once this year's salary kicks in. Peterson just turned 28 and has never missed a game in his career, a pair of key factors in future earnings.
Peterson is under contract through 2020, and if he plays it out, his career earnings will sit at $98.6 million -- less than $26 million behind Revis. Peterson will be 30 at that point -- an age where contract negotiations can be complicated -- but if Peterson stays healthy and continues to perform like a star, he has a chance to become the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.