Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Revis eager to start new chapter with Buccaneers
Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis' arrival in Tampa Bay marks the beginning of a new chapter in his football career – and he intends for it to be a noisy one.
“We're going to make a lot of noise, don't worry about that,'' Revis said a day after he was traded form the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a pair of draft picks. “This was a great move on my part to come and be a part of this organization.
“The intangibles we have here with this team with players like Josh Freeman, Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin – I could go on and on, down the list. We have some great guys and that was one of the things that we looked at. We have some guys here that can already play and I think that makes this the best fit for me.''
Revis didn't really have much choice in the matter. The Jets came to the conclusion they needed to move him because they didn't think they could afford to keep him and the Bucs proved to be the only serious suitor.
Tampa Bay gave up its first-round draft pick this year – the No. 13 overall pick – and a fourth-round pick next year that turns into a third-rounder if Revis is on Tampa Bay's roster three days into the 2014 league year.
As part of the deal, Tampa Bay signed Revis to a new six-year, $96-million contract that includes no guaranteed money.
As a result, the Bucs have a player many, including Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano, believe is the best cornerback in the game today. But the move also carries some risk.
Revis is coming off a season lost to a knee injury after he tore his left ACL in September. He has been rehabbing the knee since, but the Bucs are confident Revis will be ready for the start of the season.
Revis refused to discuss his health during Monday's introductory news conference at One Buc Place, but intends to work hard to make sure the team's investment in him pays off.
“I'm going to do my best, that's how I work,'' Revis said. “I want to bring as much leadership to this team as I can. My goal is to win and there's no better place to win than here. I thank you for the opportunity, so let's go win some games.''