It appears the cornerstone of the Jets' defense, Darrelle Revis, is being shopped heavily to other teams, including the Atlanta Falcons.
The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons downplayed Wednesday any interest in acquiring New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The NFL Network reported that the 49ers have denied discussing Revis’ availability with the Jets. However, a New York Daily News story on Wednesday indicated that San Francisco and Atlanta were pursuing Revis, who missed most of last season after suffering a knee injury.
Several media outlets also minimized the Falcons’ potential interest in a deal for Revis.
“Our biggest goal is to sign our own guys,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told ESPN. “That is why the money was freed up. Not to make other moves. We need to take care of our guys, and that is our goal this offseason.”
The Daily News reported that the Jets are in a hurry to part with the Pro Bowl corner.
“He’s gone,” a source told the Daily News. “This is happening. They’re moving him. They can’t keep him. They’re rebuilding. They’re starting fresh.”
Revis said this week that he was hurt by reports of the Jets actively shopping him, saying this week while rehabbing the knee in Arizona that he would welcome the chance to play for a championship team such as San Francisco.
The Colts, Buccaneers and Chiefs are among other teams mentioned as having interest in Revis.
49ERS CUT AKERS: The San Francisco 49ers parted ways with six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers on Wednesday as they released the 14-year veteran.
In two seasons with the 49ers, Akers compiled 297 points — the most in the NFL during that span. He made 73 of 94 field-goal attempts and all 78 PATs.
Akers’ release comes as no surprise. He struggled in 2012, connecting on only 29 of 42 field goal attempts. The 49ers brought in Billy Cundiff toward the end of the year when Akers was dealing with a pelvic injury. Akers also had a $3 million salary.
For his career, the 38-year-ol Akers has played in 221 games and connected on 367 of 453 field goal attempts and 521 of 527 PATs for 1,622 career points.
WELKER MAY LEAVE PATS: New England receiver Wes Welker plans to test the free-agent market next week and has no plans to re-sign with the Patriots before then.
ESPN reported Wednesday that the Patriots and Welker aren’t close to reaching a deal by March 12, the first day for unrestricted free agents to officially sign with other teams.
The Patriots chose not to place a franchise tag on Welker by the Monday deadline as they did last year. That would have entitled Welker, 31, to a 20 percent raise from the $9.5 million he made in 2012 to $11.4 million in 2013.
The steady Welker led the Patriots with 118 catches last year, becoming the first player in NFL history with five 110-catch seasons, for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns. In his six seasons with New England, Welker has averaged 112 catches per year.