Updated at 12:49 p.m. with report on 49ers’ interest level
Where Darrelle Revis will play in the fall is debatable, but it is increasingly unlikely that he will be with the New York Jets.
“He’s gone,” a source told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “This is happening. They’re moving him. They can’t keep him. They’re rebuilding. They’re starting fresh.”
Reports that the team is looking to move the cornerback, who was out almost all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, have been swirling since the regular season ended and the Jets were shopping him at the scouting combine last month.
Revis told Michael Robinson in a webcast that playing for the San Francisco 49ers, who have 12 tradeable picks in next month’s draft, would be “awesome.” The Daily News also reported that the Atlanta Falcons are a possibility, but D. Orlando Ledbetter of AJC.com says the Falcons are being “catfished” and have no interest in the move. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen shot down the San Francisco connection, though, saying a team source rated the 49ers’ interest at “.001 on a scale of 1-10.”
“Would it be awesome? I mean yeah,” Revis told Robinson of joining the 49ers. “My main goal as a player is to hold that Lombardi Trophy up in the air and wear that ring. They are definitely a contender and will be a contender for the next couple of years.”
This isn’t going to be easy, though, given Revis’s big contract and the questions about how well he will bounce back from the ACL injury. From Mehta:
According to sources, owner Woody Johnson has told the Jets’ brain trust that it should move on from Revis, who is a little more than four months removed from season-ending knee surgery and is expected to command a new multi-year deal ranging anywhere from $12 million to $16 million per season.
One source said that Johnson never had any intention of giving Revis a long-term deal after his acrimonious 36-day holdout resulted in a “Band-Aid” deal — four years for $46 million — before the 2010 season.
However, sources told The News they believe Revis’ maximum trade value would not be reached just before the April 25 draft; they think the window opens Tuesday when teams begin signing free agents. There simply aren’t enough legitimate buyers comfortable with giving up enough draft choice compensation for a player coming off an ACL injury.
The biggest obstacle is Idzik’s reluctance to pull the trigger on a trade until closer to the draft next month — or even later this summer — to allow Revis more time to prove he is healthy and to maximize his trade value, according to sources.