Leading Off: 49ers should trade top picks for Revis

Published: Monday, Mar. 4, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 4, 2013 - 7:52 pm

If Darrelle Revis returns healthy from the season-ending surgery he had five months ago for a torn ACL, should the 49ers trade their first two draft picks – Nos. 31 and 34 – for the New York Jets' All-Pro cornerback?

How about yes?

But the issue is complicated.

Not only is Revis coming off major knee surgery, he is entering the final year of his contract and reportedly is looking for a deal that will pay him $16 million per season starting in 2014. By that time, the 49ers will have more important things to worry about – such as a new deal with quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

But getting Revis for just one season for two draft picks might not be such a bad trade – especially if Revis can help lead the 49ers to a sixth Super Bowl victory.

In 1992 and 1993, the 49ers were title contenders but couldn't get past the Dallas Cowboys. Then San Francisco signed free agent cornerback Deion Sanders to a one-year contract in 1994. Six interceptions and three touchdowns later, the 49ers won their fifth Super Bowl.

Not to say Revis is the same player Sanders was, but a healthy Revis is the league's best lockdown cornerback. They call him "Revis Island" because the receivers he covers are left isolated from their quarterbacks.

Revis would play hard and well for San Francisco, knowing he has a chance to win a Super Bowl ring and earn a lucrative new contract.

For the 49ers, it's a risk worth taking.

What to watch

NBA, Miami at Minnesota, 5 p.m., NBA: Will the Heat lose another game this season?

Today's poll

Should the 49ers trade their first two picks for Darrelle Revis?

• Yes

• No

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend's poll results

How do you see Jimmer Fredette's future?

• If given the chance, he could be an NBA starter: 53%

• He'll be a decent NBA backup guard: 30%

• He's just not good enough for the NBA: 17%

Total votes: 615

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