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Buccaneers Introduce Darrelle Revis

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(TAMPA) -- After months of speculation, Darrelle Revis is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.  Revis was traded to Tampa from the New York Jets late Sunday night.

Revis received a six-year deal worth $96-million, with no guaranteed money.

"I'm going to do my best, that's how I work," Revis said Monday.   "I'm going to bring as much leadership as I can to this team.  This biggest goal I think we all have here is to win."

"This was a great move on my part to come be a part of this organization," Revis continued.

Revis is still recovering from torn ACL surgery, but is not worried about having to prove something to his former team. "I know my expectations as a player and that's that," Revis said. 

The Buccaneers traded their 13th overall first-round pick and a conditional fourth-round choice in 2014 for Revis.

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Revis Trade Official, Signs Six-Year Deal With Bucs 

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  The Darrelle Revis era is officially over in New York.

Following months of negotiations, the Jets have dealt the Pro Bowl cornerback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in exchange for the 13th overall pick in Thursday night's draft and a conditional selection next year.

After the trade was complete, Revis signed a six-year deal with the Bucs worth $96 million, with no money guaranteed.  The deal makes him one of the NFL's highest-paid defensive players.

"We're thrilled. It's rare that you get a chance to add a player of this caliber to your football team. That's what motivated us," Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said.

There is a risk involved as Revis is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during last season. Doctors recently cleared him to begin running, but his health is still in question as the 2013 season draws closer.

Revis will get an early homecoming as the Jets face the Buccaneers in Week one of the regular season at MetLife Stadium.

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Sources: Cowboys Name Monte Kiffin Defensive Coordinator 

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) --  The Dallas Cowboys have named Monte Kiffin their new defensive coordinator just three days after firing Rob Ryan, according to sources. 

Ryan was fired after just two seasons with the team.

The 72-year-old Kiffin was the defensive coordinator at USC, where his son Lane is the head coach.  He resigned from the position last month.

Kiffin spent 26 years as an NFL assistant coach, including 13 years as the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He won a Super Bowl in 2002.

He will have the task of retooling a Cowboys defense that finished 19th in the NFL, allowing a franchise-record high 5,687 yards and forcing only 16 turnovers.

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Greg Schiano Happy with Bucs First Season

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 7-9 in 2012 under first year head coach Greg Schiano.

Schiano came to Tampa after rebuilding the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University, returning the program to a contender in the Big East.

The Bucs’ finished 4-12 in 2011 and Schiano was asked how he thinks his first season went on ESPN Radio.

"It was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed playing in this league," said Schiano on Thursday.  "A lot of heartbreakers, a lot of missed opportunities.  Everybody in the league feels that way I'm sure."

Schiano saw his team lose eight games by seven points or fewer in 2012, but says he was happy to beat the NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons 22-17 in their final game of the season.

"That's the nature of this league, it's going to be tight ball games, and we're learning how to win those tight ball games," said Schiano.  "I was really pleased with the way our football team went out and played the final game against Atlanta."

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Falcons Focused on Bucs, Not Playoffs

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Falcons will look to finish 8-0 this season at home on Sunday when they host the sliding Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9).  The Falcons will finish with the best record in the NFC, win or lose, but would like to head into the postseason on a high note.

Tampa, however, will miss the postseason for its fifth year in a row and the Falcons are looking to reverse their postseason problems.

“We’re going to play the game to win, and that’s how we’re going to approach it,” said Atlanta head coach Mike Smith.  “It’s an important game because it’s a division game.  We want to win every time we go out and play.”

Atlanta is 0-3 in the playoffs under Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan, but the teams focus right now is only on the Buccaneers.

“I think every week you want to start fast and that’s something we try and do,” said Ryan, who is one touchdown shy of setting the franchise touchdown record.  “Every time we’ve played this team, it’s come down to the wire.”

As for their playoff struggles, the team believes that this is a battle-tested team at 13-2.

“You learn from your experiences,” said running back Michael Turner, who has ran for 782 yards and nine touchdowns this season.  “I think this team is more mature than two years ago and we’ll be ready.”

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Broncos Beat Buccaneers, Clinch AFC West Title 

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER)  -- Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes to lead the Denver Broncos to a 31-23 AFC West clinching victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Manning threw three touchdown passes for the seventh time this year, including one to defensive tackle Mitch Unrein.  He also broke the Broncos single season record for touchdown passes in a regular season with 29 through 12 games.

Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns as the team improved to 9-3 this season.

Linebacker Von Miller intercepted a Josh Freeman pass and returned it 26 yards for his first career touchdown.

The Buccaneers had a 10-7 lead at halftime but allowed the Broncos to score three times in the third and never recovered.  They fell to 6-6 and with the loss the Atlanta Falcons have clinched the NFC South title.

The Broncos defense did a great job in holding rookie running back Doug Martin to just 56 yards on 18 carries.

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Falcons Edge Buccaneers 24-23

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, FL) --  The Atlanta Falcons edged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 on Sunday to improve to 10-1 this season.

Matt Ryan passed for 353 yards and one long touchdown to Julio Jones.  The duo connected on an 80-yard score in the third quarter.  He also had an interception and a fumble lost.

The Buccaneers had a 23-17 lead in the fourth quarter when Ryan led the team on another touchdown drive.  This time, it was running back Michael Turner punching it in from three yards out to give the Falcons the lead for good with 7:55 left.

Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth missed a 56-yard field goal late in the game and Josh Freeman's pass attempt on the final play fell incomplete in the endzone.

Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin rushed 21 times for 50 yards and two scores in the loss, which dropped them to 6-5 and snapped their four-game winning streak.

The Falcons are tied with the Houston Texans (10-1) for the NFL's best record.

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NFL Preview: Falcons At Buccaneers

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TAMPA) -- The Atlanta Falcons (9-1) will travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4) on Sunday.

The Falcons are coming off a close 23-19 win over the Cardinals last Sunday, which featured a career-worst five interceptions by quarterback Matt Ryan.  The Buccaneers are coming off an exciting overtime win over the Panthers.

Tampa quarterback Josh Freeman is a big reason for his team’s success this season.  Freeman has posted a 106.1 passer rating and an NFL-best 8.58 yards per attempt since Oct. 1.

"We just have to continue doing what we're doing as far as starting fast and taking the extra time throughout the week to get prepared with the opening script," said Freeman.

Tampa Bay's defense is the NFL's best against the run (81.8 yards per game) and worst against the pass (312.6) and will have to stop a talented receiving core of Atlanta's.

"They're very talented, Matt Ryan's an excellent quarterback," said Tampa head coach Greg Schiano.  "Their scheme and coaching is very precise and efficient, they don't make a lot of mistakes."

Matt Ryan has thrown 20 touchdowns with 3,072 yards of offense and has a passer rating of 94.8.

"Every time we've played them, it's been a tough physical game," said Ryan.  "I've been impressed with their effort."

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NFL Preview: Buccaneers At Panthers

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) will travel to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday to take on the Carolina Panthers (2-7).

Tampa is still in the thick of things in the NFC, while the Panthers are trying to get a winning streak going.

Carolina is one and four at home this season, but Bucs’ head coach Greg Schiano says this is a tough defense to go up against.

"It's going to be a challenge," said Schiano.  "A lot of it is just their d-lineman outworking other people's o-lineman."

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is well aware of the Tampa corners that he will be looking down the field at.

"We're facing a very good defense, led by Ronde Barber," said Newton.  "They're leading the league on their defense."

The Buccaneers are 2-2 on the road this season.

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Freeman, Bucs Smash Chargers, 34-24

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing their best football, and scoring a lot of points in the process.

Tampa Bay got two touchdown passes from quarterback Josh Freeman and marched past the San Diego Chargers, 34-24, on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

The Buccaneers (5-4) also received scores from their defense and on special teams off a blocked punt en route to the victory. 

Freeman completed 14 of 20 passes for 210 yards for Tampa Bay, which won despite being outgained by almost 200 total yards.

San Diego (4-5) took a 21-17 lead into the half after quarterback Phillip Rivers connected with Malcom Floyd on a three-yard strike with 27 seconds left in the second quarter. They were outscored 17-3 in the second half. 

"Is it acceptable? No, it's not acceptable. Is it acceptable having a blocked punt and an interception for a touchdown? No," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. "That's not what we're trying to accomplish out there. We're trying to go win games, and those things are keeping us from winning."

The Buccaneers won despite only gettting 68 yards from the league's third-leading rusher, Doug Martin.

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