49ers have minimal interest in Revis

Updated: March 6, 2013, 1:09 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | 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 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 source who previously stated the 49ers were not inclined to pursue a Revis trade.

The 49ers have been identified in various reports and speculation as being among the teams that have engaged the Jets in trade talks for the All-Pro cornerback who is on the market. Revis himself said this week he would enjoy playing for the 49ers.

However, the 49ers believe Revis' price tag, both in contract and draft-pick compensation, does not fit their model even though the team has a need at cornerback and a bounty of 12 draft picks that is expected to grow to 15 when the NFL awards compensatory picks later this month. The source also has cited Revis' ACL injury last October as another hurdle in any discussion, as well as noting that next month's NFL draft is rich with cornerback prospects.

The Atlanta Falcons had been speculated to be another team interested in Revis, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff downplayed the potential of a trade for the cornerback in comments to ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder on Wednesday.

Last week, the Falcons released starting cornerback Dunta Robinson, running back Michael Turner and defensive end John Abraham and saved nearly $16 million on salary cap.

"Our biggest goal is to sign our own guys," he said. "That is why the money was freed up. Not to make other moves. We need to take care of our guys and that is our goal this offseason."

Revis said this week that he was taken aback to hear the trade speculation that emanated from the recent scouting combine.

"This definitely hit home, especially being one of the best players out there and come to find out you're being shopped," Revis said in an interview with Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, who hosts a web-based sports show. "Yeah, it really hit home, but my focus is, it doesn't really matter where I'm at. I know what I can do."

Revis, addressing possible interest from the 49ers, sounded intrigued by the prospect of playing for the NFC champions. He said he'd "just be an addition to help them win that trophy. Would it be awesome? I mean, yeah. My main goal as a player ... is to hold that Lombardi Trophy in the air and get that ring."

Jets general manager John Idzik delivered upbeat medical news regarding Revis on Monday during a 30-minute call with season-ticket holders.

"By all accounts, by his doctors' accounts, he's doing very well," Idzik said. "By our estimation, he's ahead of schedule.

"So we're anxious to get him back, anxious to get him back in the building, get him back with his teammates and have him help us -- help us not only on the field, but in the building with his approach. We're very fortunate to have a player like Darrelle Revis on our team."

It may sound like they want him, but owner Woody Johnson is concerned about their ability to re-sign Revis, who is due to make $6 million in the final year of his contract. The Jets can't use the franchise tag, per a clause in his contract, so he can bolt as a free agent next year.

Revis is believed to be seeking about $16 million per year, so the Jets have to decide whether to re-sign him, trade him or let him play out the season. All three scenarios contain risk. Sources say the Jets will be deliberate, waiting for Revis' torn ACL to heal before making a move.

Revis is working out in Arizona, where his trainers send weekly medical updates to the Jets' medical personnel. The reports include everything from range of motion to overall strength. Barring a setback, he'll be ready for training camp in late July.

"Our focus is purely on getting him better," Idzik said. "He sustained a pretty significant injury, and he's been busting his tail on his rehab. We're monitoring that closely."

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder and ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini was used in this report.

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