49ers must consider whether Revis is a financial fit

49ers must consider whether Revis is a financial fit
March 11, 2014, 8:15 am
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Darrelle Revis has 21 career interceptions in 95 games. (USATSI)

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Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver are the 49ers’ top cornerbacks who are currently under contract.

Tarell Brown is scheduled to hit the open market when the free-agent signing period begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. And shortly thereafter, the 49ers will officially part ways with veteran Carlos Rogers, who served the club well in his three seasons.

While the 49ers can be expected to tap into a deep cornerback draft class, there is one veteran player who is bound to warrant some level of conversation within the building: Darrelle Revis.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are attempting to trade Revis and his scheduled $16 million pay for the upcoming season. If they fail to find a taker, the Buccaneers will release Revis by Wednesday, ESPN reported.

Certainly, the 49ers can find a place on the field for Revis, generally regarded as the best man coverage cornerback in the NFL. But can they find a place for him within the structure of their team?

One person with intimate knowledge of how 49ers general manager Trent Baalke operates said he believes Baalke will never go outside the team and bring in a player who immediately becomes the highest-paid player on the team.

Revis, a five-time Pro Bowl performer who turns 29 in July, might command a salary greater than linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, who currently earn $10 million and $9.05 million annually.

With the release of Rogers on Tuesday, the 49ers are expected to have approximately $16.5 million in cap space. That gives them an opportunity to structure a deal to land a significant free agent or two. Safety Donte Whitner is likely to command the biggest payday among the 49ers’ scheduled free agents.

With a total of 12 draft picks, including five in the top 94, the 49ers have plenty of options to add to the team's cornerback position with a deep draft at that position. Also, the 49ers would like to keep enough cap space in reserve for the possibility of working out a long-term contract extension for quarterback Colin Kaepernick later in the offseason.