Feeling shunned by the New York Jets, cornerback Darrelle Revis was introduced Monday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, promising his new team "will make a lot of noise" in the upcoming season. But Revis wouldn't guarantee he'll be ready in Week 1.
Revis, six months removed from major knee surgery, said he didn't want to discuss "the health issue." Curiously, he stopped short of saying he'll be in the lineup to face his former team in what will be a highly anticipated season opener at MetLife Stadium.
"People are going to sit here and say, 'How's he going to perform? How's he going to play? Is he going to be like he was before?'" Revis said. "I understand all of that. I'm a hard worker. It's all on me. I'll give it my all."
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said the team's top doctors flew into Tampa on Sunday to examine Revis' surgically repaired knee and to evaluate an MRI he took last week in Manhattan. Dominik expressed no concerns about the knee, but he, too, wouldn't divulge a timetable.
"We feel very confident, or we wouldn't have done this," he said. "Obviously, it's a significant trade and a significant amount of money, but at the same time, we have a lot of confidence with what we've done here as an organization. We feel very good about where he's at."
The Bucs traded their first-round pick (13th overall) and a conditional fourth-round choice in 2014 that will improve to a third-rounder if Revis is on the roster on the third day of the 2014 league year, which typically starts sometime in March.
On Sunday, Revis signed a six-year, $96 million contract that includes no guaranteed money -- a major surprise. Revis, who was due to make $6 million from the Jets in the final year of his contract, will receive $16 million in each year of the new deal.
Revis said the contract is "unique in a lot of ways," adding that he's willing to bet on himself.
The former All-Pro made it clear he wasn't pleased with how the Jets treated him. He said he was taken aback when he heard they wanted to trade him.
"At that point, when I heard that information, yeah, I felt some type of way," he said. "I'm human. I have feelings just like everybody in this room, especially at a time when I was injured.
"I didn't know what to expect or what was going to happen going down the road. ... When you get information that you're getting traded, it feels like that team is giving up on you at a time in my career when I never had an injury like this."
Jets GM John Idzik said the team traded Revis in large part because there was an insurmountable gap in contract discussions. Revis refused to budge off his $16 million-a-year demand, a source said. Idzik admitted the injury also factored into the decision.
Revis wouldn't acknowledge he has a chip on his shoulder.
"I don't have nothing to prove to the New York Jets," he said, adding that he still considers himself a great player. "I don't have nothing to prove to nobody. I know my expectations as a player, and that's that."
He added, "I don't have a chip for the New York Jets. I have a chip because I want to get on the field and play ball."
Revis goes to a team that ranked last in pass defense, but the Bucs added an elite corner -- when healthy -- and signed former San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson. Dominik and coach Greg Schiano believe they have turned a weakness into a strength.
"This is a known commodity that we really, strongly believe in, and that's why we pulled the trigger," Dominik said.
He said talks with the Jets escalated on Thursday, indicating he and Idzik engaged in five to six hours of back-and-forth conversations. Dominik said it was a "rare and unique opportunity" to acquire a player of Revis' stature, albeit an injured player.
"There's no better place to win than here in Tampa," Revis said, adding, "it's a blessing how highly this organization looks at me. It didn't happen in New York for certain reasons. There are a lot of reasons why not. But I'm here now, and I'm a Buc, and that's how it's going to be for the next six years."