TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Darrelle Revis walked into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weight room and received a round of applause from some of his new teammates.
The warm reception meant a lot to Revis.
The three-time All-Pro may have left the New York Jets feeling underappreciated, but he’s a welcome addition to a defense that ranked last in the NFL last season and is expected to help transform the Bucs into a playoff team.
Weeks of reports about the 27-year-old’s future ended Sunday when the Jets traded Revis to the Bucs in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this week’s NFL draft and another selection next year.
Revis said he met new Jets general manager John Idzik for the first time last week and that the GM told him he wanted the cornerback to remain in New York.
Asked if he felt Idzik had been untruthful, Revis said: “Yeah. … I felt that type of vibe.”
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He expanded on the thought after his press conference during a sit-down with New York reporters.
“I definitely feel like I haven’t gotten the truth,” Revis said, according to the New York Post. “Anyone can sit there and tell you to your face, ‘Yeah, you’re going to be a Jet.’ But what’s the truth out of it? It was more from Idzik. He told me I was going to be a Jet. He said it then when we first talked and he said it last week, too. I know it’s a lie.”
He added: “They give you the corporate answer instead of the truth. Just tell the truth, because people want to know what’s going on. I want to know what’s going on with my career, whether you’re going to trade me or you’re not. Whatever you’re doing, just let me know.”
In an interview with WFAN radio’s Mike Francesa on Monday, Revis claimed a lack of communication with Idzik, coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson, saying he was kept “out of the loop” regarding his status.
The cornerback inked a non-guaranteed six-year, $96 million contract with Tampa Bay. Revis insisted he “definitely” would have signed the same deal with New York.
“If my representatives and Idzik would have sat down and actually talked about it, yeah, definitely,” he told Francesa. “But that never came about, Mike. That never came about.”