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April 23, 2013

Revis happy to begin new chapter with Bucs

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“It’s over. It happens. I’ve got to move on. It’s a new chapter in my life,” Revis said. “I don’t have a sour taste in my mouth. Not at all.”

Instead, the cornerback said he’s focused on doing everything he can to get back on the field and help his new team.

The Bucs, 7-9 a year ago, haven’t made the playoffs since 2007. They haven’t won a postseason game since winning their only Super Bowl in 2002.

Revis hardly considers himself a savior.

He said he’s joining a talented team with a playoff-caliber roster even without him, citing quarterback Josh Freeman, receiver Vincent Jackson and running back Doug Martin by name. Jackson and Martin made the Pro Bowl last season, and Freeman is coming off a year in which he became Tampa Bay’s first 4,000-yard passer.

“I can go down the list of players we have on this team. We have some great guys. That was one of the things me and my (agents) looked at to be part of this organization. We have some guys who can already play,” Revis said.

Schiano, beginning his second season, agreed.

“He doesn’t have to do it alone,” said Schiano, who coached against Revis when the cornerback was in college at Pittsburgh and Sciano was at Rutgers. “He has a good supporting cast.”

The trade also reunites Revis with his old college coach Dave Wannstedt, now the special teams coach in Tampa Bay, and defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, who was his position coach at Pitt.

“I’m going to do my best. That’s how I work. I’m going to bring as much leadership as I can to this team,” Revis said. “Our biggest goal is to win, and there’s no better place to win than here.”

And as for beginning the next phase of his career by returning to New York to face the Jets?

“It’s going to be fun,” he said, a smile spreading across his face. “It’s Week 1. You can’t go around it, you can’t go over it.”

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