The reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers could bolster their already stellar defense, with one of the premier defensive players in the NFL.
The 49ers are among the teams reportedly interested in trading for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, according to Yahoo! Sports. The report also suggests the Atlanta Falcons could also make a run at Revis.
However, conflicting reports from ESPN have said San Francisco is not currently interested in consummating a trade for Revis.
The three-time first-team All Pro is currently rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament which kept him out of all but two games during the 2012 season, but he's still viewed as one of the best players at his position.
The Jets and Revis are currently mired in another nasty contract re-negotiation, and New York is looking to rebuild after failing to make the playoffs last season.
San Francisco just scored a payload of 12 total draft picks in the upcoming NFL draft after they came to terms on a trade to send quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday. Yahoo! also reported the 49ers could get three more picks as compensation for players leaving via free agency.
The 49ers were ranked fourth against the pass and rush last season, but were a middling 16th in interceptions. Revis could not only improve San Francisco’s chances of getting back to the Super Bowl, but even help them capture the title.
The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco were able to spread the 49ers secondary all over the field. Flacco finished with three touchdown passes, including a 56-yard bomb to Jacoby Jones.
New York reportedly avoided Revis’s management team at the NFL Combine this week, reportedly speaking to several teams about the embattled cornerback.
Even a handful of San Francisco’s picks would be the easiest way possible for the Jets to hit reset and address their poor quarterback situation and trouble stopping the run. Last season, quarterback Mark Sanchez had possibly the worst year of his career with 13 touchdown passes to 18 interceptions, and New York was ranked 26th against the run, surrendering 133.6 rushing yards per game.
Atlanta made it all the way to the NFC title game, and acquiring Revis could get them over the hump and into the second Super Bowl in franchise history. The Falcons have made blockbuster trades before, like the one that landed them wide receiver Julio Jones. Now they boast perhaps the best one-two receiver combo in the league with Jones and Roddy White.
In six career seasons, all with the Jets, Revis has 19 career interceptions and 97 passes defended.