It would appear that it's no longer a matter of whether Darrelle Revis will get traded, but rather a matter of when the New York Jets superstar will be moved.
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 6 at 11:55 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
The San Francisco 49ers reportedly are denying any significant interest in Revis, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN:
While the New York Jets may be determined to trade Darrelle Revis, it would be a mistake to count the San Francisco 49ers as a serious suitor, according to a high-ranking team source.
The 49ers' interest in Revis is ".001 on a scale of 1-10," the source said via text message. That remains consistent with the same team official who previously stated the 49ers were not inclined to pursue a Revis trade.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons are also unlikely to make a move for Revis, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Suffice it to say, Revis Island is not relocating to Lake Lanier.
You just have to follow the bouncing salary-cap ball and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s public comments.
Dimitroff said that the recent cuts were made so that the Falcons could address their own free agents and get ready for Matt Ryan’s contract.
He’s also been on record about keeping the team’s seven- to nine-draft picks this season as the team will have to get younger moving forward.
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Two or three "legitimate buyers" are prepared to make a trade for perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis when free agency and the trading period begin on March 12, the Daily News has learned.
The NFC champion 49ers, who will have 12 tradeable picks in next month's draft and a glaring need for a top cornerback, are interested in trading for Revis sooner rather than later, according to sources. The Falcons, who lost to the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, are also considered a team that could emerge as a player in the Revis sweepstakes.
'"He's gone," said a source familiar with the situation (per Mehta). "This is happening. They're moving him. They can't keep him. They're rebuilding. They're starting fresh."'
Owner Woody Johnson reportedly never intended on signing Revis to an extension and has instructed the front office to deal him. Mehta notes that the Jets would be wise to make a deal sooner rather than later before teams can fill out corner needs through free agency and the draft.
The San Francisco 49ers are a logical choice, seeing as they have 15 picks this year, including Nos. 31 and 34, and a major need at cornerback.
But the Atlanta Falcons have also shown in the past that they aren't afraid to pay a steep price to land a player they think will push them over the top.
Remember, at the 2011 draft, the Falcons gave up five draft picks (Nos. 27, 59 and 124 in 2011 and first- and fourth-round picks in 2012) to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the No. 6 pick to draft wide receiver Julio Jones.
Which team should trade for Revis?
For the Jets, trading Revis makes far more sense than keeping him. After a disastrous 2012 season that highlighted all of the holes on the roster, it's obvious that it's time to rebuild. Receiving a bounty in exchange for Revis would certainly expedite that process.
It certainly sounds as though the ACL tear Revis suffered last year isn't going to discourage teams from making a move for him. After all, he is the game's top corner when he's healthy, even if Richard Sherman disagrees.
Don't be surprised if Revis is moved before March 12, the start of free agency and the trading period. Revis Island won't be found in New York next season.