The New York Jets are determined to deal star cornerback Darrelle Revis, and the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers are interested in his services, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
“He’s gone,” a source told Mehta on Tuesday. “This is happening. They’re moving him. They can’t keep him. They’re rebuilding. They’re starting fresh.”
CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora reported in January that Jets owner Woody Johnson was interested in dealing Revis.
The 49ers, according to Mehta, are hoping to get the deal done quickly. Otherwise, if the Jets wait until just before the April 25 NFL Draft, they’d have to pay Revis a $1 million roster bonus.
Of course, there is some risk involved, considering Revis is coming off knee surgery. But according to the report, some teams would be interested in giving up some draft choices for the four-time Pro Bowler and the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
Although the Falcons are indicated as a possible destination in the paper’s report, several — including CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman — have stated that Atlanta is not serious about bringing in Revis, and that the Falcons’ “interest” could be the Jets trying to force San Francisco’s hand.
But there will be several other teams in the market for Revis — including the Colts, Bucs, Chiefs, and a host of others — but they’d be inclined to wait and see how Revis’ recovery is progressing. The risk for the Jets in that scenario is that teams could snap up free-agent corners in the interim, leaving them without a buyer come summer.
For Revis’ part, he voiced some disappointment in the Jets on Monday, discussing that “it hit home” when he heard he was being shopped by the team. But he also said he’d be more than willing to move to the 49ers.
“Would it be awesome? I mean yeah,” Revis said of playing for San Francisco. “My main goal as a player is to hold that Lombardi Trophy up in the air and wear that ring. They are definitely a contender and will be a contender for the next couple of years.”
The move to the Bay Area would be a good fit for both sides — assuming new Jets general manager John Idzik follows through on the deal. The 49ers have 12 picks that can be traded in the upcoming draft, so if the Jets are wanting to rebuild, now is the time to stock up on young talent.
Story from Evan Hilbert of CBSSports.com
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