Now that the trade sending Alex Smith from the 49ers to the Chiefs has been confirmed, the 49ers have cap space, extra draft picks, and plenty of options.
One extremely intriguing possibility for the 49ers, we would have to assume, is New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis.
It has become more and more clear over the past few weeks that Revis is most likely on his way out of New York (which, he should be incredibly grateful for, given the state of the Jets organization). Revis is coming off major knee surgery and the Jets have made it obvious they don’t intend to pay him what he is looking for and even confirmed that he was being shopped at the combine this past week.
Now, this is a tricky situation for the 49ers. First, here are the facts:
Revis is coming off a major knee surgery.
Revis is looking for an extension and a lot of money.
The 49ers now have cap space and extra draft picks (15 total picks as of right now) at their disposal.
So, how much should the 49ers give up in order to get a player that hasn’t played an NFL game since his ACL surgery? Especially considering Revis would be a one-year rental unless the 49ers are able to reach a long-term deal.
If they could get a deal done, should they risk signing him to a long-term deal before he proves he can return to form?
Maybe the 49ers can work out a contract with clauses that protect themselves from another injury. If they can do that, you have to think this is something the 49ers should be able to get done. I don’t remember the last time a team had 15 draft picks in one year and had all of them make the team (it had to be a while ago though), meaning the 49ers should be able to use this very rare opportunity in order to get the greatest cornerback of this generation.
P.S. As a side note, it would be kind of nice to see Revis in the same division as Richard Sherman after their mini twitter war.
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