Darrelle Revis, a three-time All-Pro cornerback, sounded baffled and stung in the aftermath of being traded from the New York Jets to Tampa Bay.
Superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis said he met John Idzik, the New York Jets’ new general manager, for the first time April 15, and a few days later they had a more substantial conversation.
It was then, Revis recalled, that — contrary to months of informed speculation otherwise — ex-Seahawks executive Idzik said the Jets wanted to keep him.
“I felt that type of vibe, that they weren’t truthful, yes,” Revis said in a teleconference Monday, a few hours after he was introduced as the newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “But I don’t feel anything. I mean, it’s over. It happened; u have to move on.”
Moving on appears to be a continuing process for Revis. His remarks Monday suggested his confusion would linger and that he remained stung by the turn of events that culminated in his departure Sunday from the Jets.
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The Jets traded three-time All-Pro Revis for the 13th pick in the first round of the draft, which is Thursday, and a likely third-round choice in 2014.
Revis, 27, appeared at a Bucs news conference and for the cameras expressed his joy with a deal he called “a great move on my part.” He signed a six-year, $96 million contract with Tampa Bay that has no guarantees. Revis said he was honored to hear applause from teammates when he walked into the Bucs’ weight room.
But in the teleconference later, Revis shared his frustration with rhetorical questions disguised as answers.
“Why do I think the Jets traded me?” Revis said. “I don’t know, maybe you need to ask John Idzik that.”
Asked whether he thought team owner Woody Johnson had wanted to retain him, Revis responded: “Am I a Jet anymore? Well then, that should answer all the questions.”
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