Darrelle Revis trade to San Francisco 49ers unlikely

By Chris Wesseling
Updated: March 1, 2013 at 05:54 a.m.

Wednesday brought conflicting national reports on a potential Darrelle Revis trade to the San Francisco 49ers, who suddenly find themselves lush with 15 picks in April's NFL draft.

On the surface, the trade makes sense as the final piece to put the 49ers over the top in their quest for a Lombardi Trophy. Digging deeper, though, it seems financial factors will throw up a roadblock.

Sources around the league tell NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that the 49ers are "unlikely" to pursue Revis, who would be opposed to taking his island to the Bay Area as a one-year rental. The three-time first-team All Pro reportedly is seeking a contract in the neighborhood of $16 million annually, which would make him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

While the 49ers certainly are in the market for an upgrade at cornerback after surrendering 313 yards and nearly three touchdowns per game in the playoffs, Revis is a luxury they can't afford. The offseason priority will be new contracts for younger stars such as Michael Crabtree.

It's a shame Revis won't be facing the Seattle Seahawks and rival cornerback Richard Sherman twice a year. Sherman stoked the fires again Thursday, calling Revis "irrelevant" in a radio interview.