A few thoughts from around the NFC West before boarding a plane to Boston for a conference:
Revis watch: ESPN's Chris Mortensen cites a source saying the San Francisco 49ers are not inclined to acquire New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis at this time. I would amend "at this time" to "at this time or at any time recently" based on the 49ers' established way of doing business. This has felt like one of those media- and fan-driven stories framed from a Jets perspective. The last time the 49ers spent truly big money for a veteran from another team was ... when, again? 2008?
Smith and Flynn: Dave Wyman, Jim Moore and I took some time Wednesday to discussion NFC West business, including trade markets for Smith and Seattle's Matt Flynn, on 710ESPN Seattle. Here is that audio.
Offseason plans: Gary Horton and Field Yates recently took an in-depth look at the 49ers' offseason. They list defensive line, linebacker depth, receiver/tight end, quarterback, safety and kicker as the top needs, in that order. They point to Richard Seymour as a veteran the team should consider adding this offseason. "Seymour presents a strong option in free agency on a short-term, moderate-value contract," they write. I could see Seymour helping in Seattle as well.
Jackson's options: Pat Yasinskas of the NFC South blog recently looked at whether St. Louis Rams career rushing leader Steven Jackson might fit in Atlanta if Jackson leaves in free agency. "I think I’d still rather see the Falcons draft a running back to go with [Jacquizz] Rodgers, because it would give them two guys with low mileage," Yasinskas says. Rams coach Jeff Fisher has said the team would like to have Jackson back.
Chat wrap: We covered all four NFC West teams in the NFC West chat, which moved from Thursday to Wednesday in light of my travel. I shot down the idea that Arizona has to focus on USC's Matt Barkley in the draft after "losing out" on a Smith trade. My thinking: "I wouldn't say the Cardinals 'lost out' on Alex Smith because I don't think they were ever in the running legitimately. The 49ers weren't trading him to a division rival. And no, the Cardinals do not 'have' to take Barkley at No. 7. They will know by the draft what's in store for Kevin Kolb contract wise. That will be a factor too."
I'll be boarding a plane shortly and hope to check in later, connectivity permitting.