The rich are getting richer in the NFC West, and if reports are to be believed, than the 49ers may be turning one steal of a trade into another that would make them prohibitive Super Bowl favorites.
The same day that reports (via USA Today) surfaced that the 49ers have dealt quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2013 second-round pick and conditional 2014 pick, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that San Francisco may attempt to use the pick acquired from Kansas City in an effort to acquire New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The 49ers are among a handful of teams that have discussed making a run at Revis this offseason, according to two sources. In fact, the 49ers are poised to make a run at Revis even if it’s just for one season (although that could be problematic from Revis’ standpoint).
The 49ers are certainly in a position to offer the Jets an enticing package. San Francisco now has an eye-popping 15 picks in this year's draft, including five in the top 93.
With that wealth of picks, and a relatively young roster, the 49ers are in a position to make the sort of "Godfather" offer that a rebuilding Jets team would have a hard time passing on.
Frankly, that should scare the bejeezus out of the rest of the NFL.
The 49ers defense is already one of the best in the National Football League, ranking third overall and fourth against the pass in 2012.
However, if San Francisco had a weakness defensively a season ago, it was that they could be attacked vertically. It was a weakness that the Baltimore Ravens exploited in their victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
Add a healthy Darrelle Revis to that secondary and that weakness becomes a strength.
In Revis, the 49ers would be adding arguably the best cornerback in the National Football League, a player who allowed less than 40 percent of the passes thrown in his direction to be completed and graded out as a top-three player at his position in two of the past three seasons according to Pro Football Focus.
Combined with Carlos Rogers, the 49ers would suddenly possess one of the best cornerback duos in the league, and that's only going to make their defense that much more formidable.
This isn't to say that trading for Darrelle Revis wouldn't have some risk. Revis is coming off an ACL tear and is said to be seeking a contract that will make him the NFL's highest-paid defensive player, according to Mark Cannizzaro of The New York Post.
Still, the opportunity to add an impact player of Revis' caliber just doesn't come along every day, and the 49ers are in the rather unique position of having a wealth of draft selections with which to acquire him.
As Cole pointed out, if the 49ers want to see the difference that such a player can make, even if it's only for one year, they need look only at their own history.
In 1994, Deion Sanders changed the balance of power in the NFL when he became a free agent and went to the 49ers for one season. San Francisco won the title by beating Dallas and wide receiver Michael Irvin in the NFC championship along the way. The next year, Sanders switched to Dallas and helped the Cowboys to their third title in four years.
Granted, this is all speculation at this point, and we're still a long ways from seeing Darrelle Revis in red and gold.
The rest of the NFC had better hope it stays speculation, or the San Francisco 49ers are going to get one heck of a head start in the race to get to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Which is being played, in of all places, New York City.
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