It all makes perfect sense. The San Francisco 49ers have unofficially traded backup quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for the No. 34 overall pick, as well as others, and now the 49ers are loaded with 15 draft picks during the 2013 NFL Draft on April 25.
The excess of picks have San Francisco in prime position to make a move on the trade market, and it just so happens that New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is reportedly on the trade block -- a position the 49ers have needed to shore up ever since Joe Flacco repeatedly exposed the San Francisco secondary in Super Bowl XLVII.
Revis is not the answer for the 49ers, though -- no matter how much sense it makes for the best cornerback in the NFL to be traded to the team with the best assets to acquire him.
Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter tweeted that Revis to the 49ers is not even an option for San Francisco.
why i DON'T see revis-49ers: sf doesn't believe in rent-a-player philosophy 4 big-$$ guys + unlikely to dole out huge $$ on longterm deal.- Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) February 28, 2013
Revis is the best cornerback in the NFL, and he will be making just $3 million next season with the Jets. With 2014-16 of his contract voidable with New York, Revis' value on the open market will be mammoth-sized after the 2013 season. Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will make $15 million in 2013, part of a five-year contract worth $60 million, and all indications are that Revis wants to obliterate that. Especially with all the massive deals as of late to non-quarterback players, combined with the fact he has been playing on a near discount over the past few seasons, Revis will want top-tier money.
Can the 49ers even afford that? San Francisco must think about the future when it comes to acquiring significant players that demand big pay. Although the core of the defense, led by Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, is locked up in San Francisco until at least 2016, Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree will be wanting their slice of the NFL elite's pie sooner rather than later.
Kaepernick is expected to have his contract with the 49ers extended after the 2013 season, if the success continues in San Francisco.
The team that acquires Revis this offseason, if that does eventually come to fruition, will not be renting him for one season -- an agreement on an extension will likely be part of the deal.
A team led by head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke simply does not function that way, though. In their system, players earn their pay by what they do on the field with the 49ers. They are reportedly in the process of refusing to place the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson for the second year in a row, which would pay him $7.45 million -- the second highest salary on the 49ers in 2013 next to Justin Smith.
In 2012, the highest-paid player on the 49ers was Justin Smith at $5.875 million. Would the 49ers shell out more than double the pay of their key defensive lineman for a newcomer like Revis? Not likely.
There are other options for the 49ers, though. While the presumed replacements of Goldson at safety and Isaac Sopoaga at defensive tackle are expected to come in the 2013 NFL Draft, there are quite a few notable cornerbacks on the free agent market that could fill the hole in the secondary more effectively than trading for Revis.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is looking for a fresh start this offseason and could fit in as the 49ers' lesser version of a lockdown cornerback to go along with Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown. Rodgers-Cromartie is expecting to receive a three or four-year deal in the ballpark of $10 million per year in free agency this offseason.
Lower-priced options such as Sean Smith or Brent Grimes could also become more realistic deeper in free agency.
The 49ers have many options this offseason, but trading to acquire an entitled cornerback coming off an ACL injury with elite NFL money on his mind is not the place to start.
The NFC champions have core players on the team that have built a name for themselves in San Francisco, and adding Revis and his inevitable monster paycheck simply should not be in the plans for this franchise.
Scott Semmler is a senior at San Jose State University fortunate enough to have covered nearly every Bay Area professional sports team, including the San Francisco Giants' 2012 World Series title. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSemmler22.
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