Darrelle Revis had his introductory press conference this afternoon at One Buc Place, and the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneer sat next to his new coach and general manager. As Mark Dominik said, trading for Revis is a “rare and unique opportunity” to add a player who is a known commodity. And as Revis said himself, “I think this is a great move for myself, to join this organization.”
Revis told the assembled media that he was happy to join the Buccaneers. He said he felt they were a playoff team before he arrived, and that he was just a piece. He and his team had taken a look at the team, and felt it was a great place to be. He thought it was a blessing how highly the Buccaneers thought about him, and even joked with his new coach and GM at the podium, with the two team leaders smiling wide realizing the calibre of player they had acquired.
The remaining questions certainly left Revis with little to say. He did get a chance to comment on his injury, but declined to give a timeline. He did, however, say that his injury was different from that of Adrian Peterson, and it wasn’t fair to compare, because they’re different players at different positions.
He also was asked about Ronde Barber, and he said he would love to play with the veteran and “pick his brain” and use his vast experience. He also said the players on the team he has talked to are excited about him joining the team.
Mark Dominik had a better chance to talk about the decision, stating that one key factor in the decision was the lack of competition for Revis’ signature. He said “You win with your starters and stars,” and said the decision to make a trade involving draft assets was made to “bring him to Tampa now,” and get a deal done, rather than allowing other teams the chance to sign him as a free agent.
Dominik told the media that he and the medical staff and the coaching staff had plenty of conversations about how healthy Revis will be, and how he would be used, and presented all of that information to the Glazer family. Schiano and Dominik both thanked the Glazers for their support in making sure the trade got done.
Dominik also let the members of the media know that this was entirely a football decision. He joked with Darrelle that he didn’t ask him how many tickets he could sell. He brought Revis in to help the team win, and Dominik said “when you win, that’s what’s most important.”
The last memorable moment of the press conference was Revis being asked about the number 24 jersey, currently worn by Mark Barron. He told the group in the conference room that he had spoken to Barron about the jersey, but that negotiations were still ongoing.