It was a standing-room-only crowd of reporters from Tampa to New York City -- a sign of just how huge this deal is for the Bucs. Landing Darrelle Revis, arguably the best cornerback since Deion Sanders, is the NFL's biggest offseason move and a splash that instantly turns a Bucs' weakness into a strength.
"I feel, as an organization, that this was a rare and unique opportunity," said Bucs general manager Mark Dominik. "When you think of those players of this magnitude that get traded, it doesn't happen very often. So there's time in your mind that says this may not happen."
"I thank you guys (Bucs) for the opportunity," Revis said. "Let's go win some games."
Recovering from major knee surgery and wanting to be the highest-paid defensive back in the league made Revis too risky for New York. The Bucs are convinced he's still the best, even if others aren't.
"People are going to sit here and say, how is he going to perform?" said Revis. "How is he going to play? Is he going to be like he was before? I understand all of that.
"This is something that, I'm a hard worker. It's all on me."
Revis's play and reputation exemplifies exactly what Greg Schiano wants from his defensive squad: Aggressive and in your face.
"He can do everything that we ask our corners to do and more. So [I'm] very excited."
While this was a difficult deal to consummate with the New York Jets -- it took over two months to put together -- it wasn't a difficult decision for Mark Dominik to make due to the inexact science with the NFL Draft verses taking a player that potentially could be a Hall of Fame pick. For Dominik, this was a decision he had to make.
"How many players that had be drafted had the impact that he's had in the National Football League?" said Dominik. "You can count them on one hand almost."
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