With reports swirling the San Francisco 49ers are one of the teams interested in trading for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, a source within the 49ers organization said the chances are “.001 on a scale of 1 to 10.”
Heading into free agency the 49ers are $12 million under the salary cap and have a need at cornerback. So I don’t doubt general manager Trent Baalke has inquired about what it would take to trade for Revis. This is likely where the first reports of the 49ers being interested in Revis came from. The clarification by a member of the 49ers organization that the team has very little interest in Revis, is likely true.
The 49ers will have 15 draft picks when the NFL Draft starts on April 25. Conceivably, they could trade two or three of those draft picks and still have enough left over to fill their position needs. However, the Jets will likely seek a first and second round draft pick, a price too steep for the 49ers. Those early round draft picks will help fill holes for the Niners at wide receiver, defensive back and kicker with players who can contribute right away.
What is also stopping the 49ers from making a trade to get Revis in a Red and Gold uniform is the long-term contract implications. Revis is set to be a free agent after this season, so he will be looking for a deal worth long-term deal around $15 million to $17 million per year. Is that a deal the 49ers can afford long-term? While the scenery maybe nice, I doubt the 49ers will be willing to invest in new real estate like Revis Island.