The Jets might be trying to slow-play any potential Darrelle Revis trade to maximize value, but it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he’s getting traded somewhere.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, two or three “legitimate buyers” are prepared to deal for Revis when the league year opens March 12, but could move on to other targets if the Jets wait too long.
The report adds the Falcons to the list of possibilities, to the previously mentioned 49ers, but makes it clear that a resolution with the Jets isn’t likely.
“He’s gone,” a source familiar with the situation said. “This is happening. They’re moving him. They can’t keep him. They’re rebuilding. They’re starting fresh.”
If that’s the case, the Jets will have to try to strike a deal before teams fill their needs otherwise. With enough quality (even if not Revis-quality) corners available in free agency, teams could go that route if the Jets insist on waiting to make the best deal before the draft.
The 49ers have a wealth of picks to deal, and an obvious need. The Falcons clearly have a vacancy after cutting Dunta Robinson and with Brent Grimes coming off injury as a free agent. And their willingness to make big deals in the past (such as the draft-day bonanza for Julio Jones) makes it consistent with their behavior as well.