Darrelle Revis is officially a member of the Buccaneers, having donned his Bucs lapel pin and taken the stage at One Buccaneer Place to address the Tampa media for his introductory press conference following the mega trade on Sunday.
And though Revis refused to make a guarantee about when he would be back on the field -- the Bucs obviously want and expect him to return in Week 1 -- the presser in general was optimistic, with Revis saying he expects the Bucs to make "a lot of noise."
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"We're going to make a lot of noise. Don't worry about that," Revis said.
Much of the questions unsurprisingly surrounded Revis' departure from New York. The cornerback said he had no hard feelings toward the Jets, but when he first heard the rumors of getting traded he felt like the Jets were "giving up on" him.
"I felt some type of way. I'm human. I have feelings just like everyone else. I didn't know what to expect or going down the road," Revis said of the trade rumors. "It feels like that team is giving up on you."
And while Revis says he has "nothing to prove to the New York Jets," he's going to get a quick chance to make them look bad, as the Bucs head to MetLife Stadium to play the Jets in Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season.
"It's going to be fun. It's going to be fun. Week 1. Can't go around it, can't go over it. I'm excited about it," Revis said.
The dominating storyline from that game will be Revis' return to New York, even if he's not inclined to guarantee he'll be on the field when the season kicks off.
"I can't sit here and put a timeline on what's going to happen in the future," Revis said Monday.
The uncertainty of his injury is what makes Revis' contract -- a six-year, $96 million deal -- so interesting. Revis confirmed there's no guaranteed money in the deal (although he hinted there may be more than meets the eye on the contract) and said it's irrelevant how much guaranteed cash is in the deal because he'll end up earning it on the field.
"People are going to sit here and ask is he going to perform, is he going to play," Revis said. "I understand that. I'm a hard worker. It's all on me and what I put into it. I give them my all whatever I do."
For the Bucs, it appears the move was very much a matter of GM Mark Dominik looking at the 2013 NFL Draft and concluding that he wasn't going to get anyone better than Revis, even at the price he paid.
"With Darrelle Revis our thought process was to add an elite player at a position of need," Dominik said. "I looked at the draft board and we talked about all the options and everything. This is a known commodity that we strongly believe in and that's why we pulled the trigger."
Revis, when he's healthy, is as good as any cornerback in football.
"How many players that have been drafted have the impact that he's had in the NFL? You can count them on one hand almost. If they're not playing quarterback it's a very rare thing to find," Dominik said. "The reality that we do a great job in the draft to nail the No. 13 pick if that's where we would've stayed? Hard to say. But I do know what we're getting here. And that's the most important part.
"We're getting a guy who's played a lot of football in the National Football League at the highest level."