As we reported on Wednesday, the impending trade of Alex Smith gives the San Francisco unlimited potential with their arsenal of draft selections, and it appears as though they could move in on one of the big fish in the 2013 NFL offseason.
According to reports from Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole, the San Francisco 49ers are among the teams that have expressed interest in Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is widely believed to be on the trade block.
Many anticipated this would happen. This doesn’t mean the Niners will get Revis, but they have ample picks to sweeten a trade deal better than any other team that could be realistically offered for the All-Pro corner.
San Francisco is currently sitting on 11 picks in the coming draft, with the 34th overall selection coming their way from the Chiefs as well as three compensatory picks. They could offer the Jets the 31st overall pick, as well as their 2nd round pick and maybe a conditional 2014 selection and still have number 34 overall, just three spots lower than they started with Darrelle Revis in the fold.
Not a bad idea, eh?
This is a deal I think could realistically go down. The Niners can offer a sick package of picks for Darrelle Revis, and the Jets are looking for the best, fairest offer. San Francisco would still have 10 picks to use in this year’s draft while adding one of the league’s best players at a position where they have a need.
They could then focus their other early selections on the defensive line, which is where their other top need lies.
The trade would be great for the Jets, because it would allow them to add a playmaker at receiver, a replacement corner, another pass rusher, or maybe even a quarterback with the 31st selection and then wait only a few picks until their 2nd rounder pops up. A trade of Revis could potentially give the Jets two first round picks as well as four picks in the top 64 and five in the top 80.
This is a New York team that won six games last year with one of the most embarrassing displays of leadership I’ve seen. An influx of youth and ridding of a diva star who clearly isn’t happy with his surroundings could be the change the Jets need.
One thing’s for sure, a move like this certainly won’t take either team out of the spotlight.