Now we might admittedly be getting ahead of ourselves here: but with the 49ers dealing Alex Smith to the Chiefs for a pair of second-round picks, it's entirely possible that San Francisco could make a run at Jets all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The Jets don't really have the cash (or wont?) in order to re-sign him, the franchise tag isn't available and GM John Idzik reportedly spent the whole combine looking for suitors. And the 49ers are a nice coupling, even if they have young players they'll need to extend later, because they have a championship window, Revis is a stud at a reasonable discount because of injury and they're STACKED with draft picks.
I love the idea and tweeted out that thought along with a link to colleague Clark Judge's post breaking down the possibility. That garnered a response from CBSSports.com's Senior Fantasy Writer Dave Richard and the result was a Twitter-negotiated mock trade.
@willbrinson what do you think they have to give to get him?— Dave Richard (@daverichard) February 27, 2013
@willbrinson oh I'm the Jets?! Fine. I'd rather 31 + your highest 3rd this year (74) + the 2 next year.— Dave Richard (@daverichard) February 27, 2013
@daverichard Let's make it happen. But you only get one upgrade. I'll give you 31, 93 and our (not KC's) 2nd next year.— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) February 27, 2013
@daverichard Alright, I'll do 74 but you throw in a 3rd in 2014.— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) February 27, 2013
@daverichard 7th in 2014 + flip fourths this year and we lock it down, both winning big.— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) February 27, 2013
@willbrinson I'll agree just b/c we're pretending to make the most complicated mock trade ever. But if this were reality my answer is no— Dave Richard (@daverichard) February 27, 2013
@willbrinson we should do this more often— Dave Richard (@daverichard) February 27, 2013
We should, Dave! The end result of the negotiations?
SF gets: Darrelle Revis and NYJ 2014 7th round pick.
NYJ gets: SF 2013 1st round pick (31), SF 2013 3rd round pick (74 via CAR), SF 2014 second-round pick
So what do we think of the deal?
Will: My mistake here was probably offering Dave a "fair value" initial offer. I think the 34th pick, the 93rd pick and a 2014 second-round pick is a pretty square deal for Revis. That's two second-round picks and a third for the best cornerback in football. If Revis doesn't have his ACL injury, he's worth a pair of first-round picks even if you have to pay him a new deal.
Please remember Revis isn't hitting the market if the Jets don't give him all kinds of bizarre outs in his last deal. My logic here, also, is that if you can flip Alex Smith for Darrelle Revis by adding in a third-round pick, well, you do it every time.
Additionally, the Niners have just added Revis to their roster and still have three picks in the top 90 overall selections, including No. 34 and No. 93 as their top selections. That second-round pick in 2014 shouldn't be any higher than No. 85 overall, in a worst-case situation, and they'll replace it with the one they got from the Chiefs in the Smith deal.
Dave: As soon as Will offered me three picks including two second-round picks I knew there was a legitimate starting point, and frankly an offer to exploit.
Getting him to turn 34th overall into 31st overall gives me the first-round pick I needed to just get the deal started. Getting the best of the Niners' third-round picks was a sweetener and picking up the Niners' second-round pick gives me something for next year. The deal looks great: Darrelle Revis for a first, second and third-round pick (no one will care that I had to kick in a seventh-round pick next year).
Now the Jets have picks at 9, 31, 39, 72 and 74. Five of the first 75 picks and an extra second-round pick next year, all for a player I had no intention of signing to a long-term contract anyway.