Darrelle Revis wasn’t at his best in 2013 until the end of the season.
During an introductory conference Monday afternoon, Revis said the left ACL he tore in September of 2012 dogged him through his lone season in Tampa Bay.
“It was a long process,” he said. “I did finish all 16 games. I was slow and maybe sluggish in the beginning of the season but week to week, I got stronger and stronger. Toward the end, I probably felt my best as a football player. That’s a thing where it took some time and I thank [the] Tampa Bay Buccaneers for everything they did to help me with my rehab throughout the course of the year. It was a big process to get through that and fight through it but right now I feel great. I’m just ready to play ball.”
Revis slapped down an inquiry about whether he joined the Patriots to gain some kind of retribution on the New York Jets (seriously, what adult with options makes life decisions based on stuff like that?).
“No, that was never the factor,” he said. “My thing is all about winning”
More than two dozen teams circled Revis after he was released.
“It was 26 teams at least,” he said. “It was a lot of teams. There were a lot of teams that, to be exact, it was around 26. It was a long process. I mean, you have to understand, everything just happened so fast with my release from Tampa Bay and teams calling. I mean, I was surprised how many teams called and wanted to acquire me. It was a long process and it took a number of days and a lot of thinking about where do I want to go or where do I want to be. I felt like New England was the best place for me.”