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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Revis on Jets: I've moved on

By Matt Ehalt

When the New York Jets traded top cornerback and fan favorite Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, they opened themselves up to plenty of scrutiny.

On Sunday, when Revis returns to MetLife Stadium to face the Jets, it could provide some clarity into the question of whether the Jets made a mistake in trading one of the league's premier defenders.

"I don't know," Revis said on a conference call when asked if the Jets made a mistake in trading him. "I think that's a question that maybe you need to ask [GM] John Idzik or Rex [Ryan] or Woody Johnson."

Darrelle Revis
"I had a great six years there and now I have to move on," Darrelle Revis said of his time in New York.
After six seasons with the Jets, Revis could face his former team for the first time on Sunday when the Buccaneers travel to MetLife Stadium.

Revis, who tore his ACL last season, doesn't know for sure if he will play Sunday as he continues to recover from the ACL tear, but he said Wednesday after he had a full practice that he's slated to play. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said he will let Revis decide if he can suit up.

"I had a great six years there and now I have to move on," Revis said. "I got a new start ahead of me with a new team and I'm excited to be a Buccaneer."

The Jets made a franchise-altering move when they decided to trade Revis for the 13th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, which they used to select defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, and a conditional pick in next year's draft. Revis, perhaps the best lock-down corner in the NFL, was arguably the most popular Jet, and a main reason why the Jets were always a top defensive team during his tenure.

Revis, who had contract battles with the team during his six seasons with Gang Green, didn't want to discuss how his time with the Jets ended.

"I'm not really focused on that at this point. I had the whole offseason to deal with that situation and now it's time to move on," Revis said. "That's how I have to look at it, and I'm sure they're looking the same way. You have to move on and I have to get ready for this season and prepare for this game."

It's been a "difficult process" for Revis to get back to the field after playing just two games last season, as he tore his ACL on in Week 3 against Miami and missed the rest of the season. Revis said he's confident he can return to the same level he performed at prior to the injury.

While he will potentially suit up against his former team on Sunday, Revis downplayed that angle, saying that he's treating this matchup like any other regular-season game. He added that he's not concerned with the crowd reaction on Sunday, although there's sure to be plenty of cheers.

"That's a couple days from now," Revis said of his return. "Right now I'm just trying to prepare and get ready for the game."