The rumor mill is spinning with stories over Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, and now we know which way the trade winds are blowing.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the San Francisco 49ers are pursuing a trade for Revis. This comes days after a report from the New York Daily News that general manager John Idzik "was 'actively' shopping Revis" at the 2013 scouting combine.
The Jets practically have no choice but to trade Revis, considering: a) the lack of resources they have to build a starting roster for 2013, and b) their lack of cap space to sign Revis to a megadeal before he hits free agency next offseason.
In reflecting on some past deals involving top-end cornerbacks, most teams have been able to yield at least a second-round pick. With Revis, the price should be a bit higher, given the fact that he's the best at his position in the game, but not too much higher, given the fact he's only under contract for one more year and is coming off ACL surgery.
Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com looked at some potential trades involving Revis to the 49ers, and a couple of these possibilities are sure to have Jets fans more than excited about the possibilities (the 31st and 34th picks in the draft, for example). The 49ers hold 15 picks in the 2013 draft, so the possibilities are plentiful.
If the Jets are going to trade Revis, they have to do it sooner than later. Waiting too long could have an adverse effect on their team-building for 2013 as well as the value they're able to get out of Revis.
When should the Jets trade Revis?
Let's say the Jets were to add a cornerback in free agency or with an early draft pick; would that not pull back the curtain on their ultimate plans with Revis? And would that not, in turn, reduce the amount teams are willing to give up for Revis? At that point, teams would know the Jets have absolutely no plan of hanging onto him. That would put the Jets on the clock—even more so than they are right now—to make a decision.
Here's some more news from around the AFC East.
Bleacher Report featured columnist Scott Kacsmar writes about where the Patriots can improve the most for 2013.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston takes a look at cornerback Desmond Trufant and wide receiver Justin Hunter as potential fits for the Patriots in the draft.
Tim Graham of The Buffalo News writes about the retirement of Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay.
B/R Bills featured columnist Ryan Talbot delivers a seven-round post-combine mock draft for the Bills.
Khaled Elsayed of ProFootballFocus.com delivers his performance-based value analysis for the Dolphins.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald has the full rundown of the potential tampering scandal that's developing with the Chiefs and cornerback Sean Smith.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained first-hand or via team press releases.