Questions surrounding his torn anterior cruciate ligament apparently haven’t diminished Darrelle Revis’s trade value, and he’s reportedly as good as “gone” from the New York Jets.
The 27-year-old cornerback has been linked to trade talks with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, according to the New York Daily News. The News cited sources saying “two or three” teams may be interested in the services of the player many consider one of the top corners in NFL history.
Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and Detroit, are amongst the teams in need of a top cornerback, according to the News.
As rumored for quite some time, the moving of Revis would help trigger a rebuilding effort for the Jets.
“He’s gone,” a source for the News said. “This is happening. They’re moving him. They can’t keep him. They’re rebuilding. They’re starting fresh.”
San Francisco became the most rumored and logical destination with their copious amount of picks in next month’s draft. The 49ers have 12 picks they can trade after moving quarterback Alex Smith to the Chiefs last week.
New York could move Revis immediately for several picks, and give management more than a month to figure out how to use them during the April 25 draft.
The 49ers secondary was torched during the Super Bowl, and the addition of a healthy Revis could not only ensure a return trip to the title game, but maybe the club’s first championship since 1995. The Pennsylvania native also said he could help the 49ers win.
San Francisco had the fourth best pass and rush defense in 2012.
Atlanta fell to San Francisco in the NFC championship last season, and Revis could aide the Falcons overthrow of the 49ers. Atlanta is reportedly going to let their own top corner, Brent Grimes, walk via free agency. However there are conflicting reports on whether the Falcons are actually in play.
The Eagles are reportedly trying to restructure cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract, and unless he does so, are considering releasing him.
[UPDATE:] The Eagles will cut Asomugha, via Howard Eskin.
[UPDATE #2:] Eskin said he jumped the gun, but Asomugha cut will supposedly happen.
However any team trading for Revis will also have to shell out a major extension. Several reports have stated Revis wants to be the highest paid defensive player in the league, possibly with a salary of $16 million per season. New York signed Revis to a four-year $46 million extension in 2010.
Revis missed 14 games last season after tearing up his knee.
Dubbed “Revis Island” with his ability to shutdown an entire side of the field, it is believed the Jets would rather move him now, than receive nothing in return when Revis becomes an unrestricted free agent after next season.
In 79 career games, the three-time All-Pro has 19 interceptions and 97 passes defended.