With NFL free agency less than a week away, the trade rumors involving elite cornerback Darrelle Revis have officially kicked into high gear. The New York Jets remain intent on trading Revis in the coming weeks and will likely part ways with the corner before the 2013 NFL Draft.
One destination for Revis that seems to have gotten more traction than any other is the San Francisco 49ers. With the 49ers recently trading quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco will have as many as 15 draft picks at their disposal. The picks that have been stockpiled gives the 49ers a lot of leverage and a lot of options moving forward with Revis an intriguing option.
Although San Francisco appears to be a good fit, the trade chatter has started to die off in terms of Revis heading to the 49ers.
With the 49ers potentially off the table as a possibly trade destination, the plot thickens in the Revis trade saga with a few other intriguing trade partners emerging for the Jets.
The latest possible destination is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com:
Revis and the Bucs would be a perfect match on every level. Other teams are citing the cost of a trade and the salary cap as reasons why they don’t want the guy who might be the best cornerback of his generation. But none of those excuses works for the Bucs.
The Bucs continue to emerge as a good fit for Revis without much argument around the league. Tampa Bay traded cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots during the 2012 NFL season and were never able to replace the defensive threat in the secondary.
Revis would be an ideal replacement for Talib and may be an important piece to the puzzle helping the team reach the next level with an improved offense complimented by a solid defense led by Revis.