NFL notebook: Source: Niners not interested in Revis
ESPN reports that, while the Jets may be determined to trade Darrelle Revis, it would be a mistake to count the 49ers as a serious suitor, according to a team source.
The 49ers' interest in Revis is “.001 on a scale of 1-10,” the source said via text message. That remains consistent with the same team source who previously stated the 49ers were not inclined to pursue a Revis trade.
The 49ers have been identified in various reports and speculation as being among the teams that have engaged the Jets in trade talks for the All-Pro cornerback who is on the market. Revis himself said this week he would enjoy playing for the 49ers.
However, the 49ers believe Revis' price tag, both in contract and draft-pick compensation, does not fit their model even though the team has a need at cornerback and a bounty of 12 draft picks that is expected to grow to 15 when the NFL awards compensatory picks later this month.
The Falcons had been speculated to be another team interested in Revis, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff downplayed the potential of a trade for the cornerback in comments to ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder on Wednesday.
Goodell: NFL must be safer
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will continue to do “everything we can” to make football safer.
Goodell has talked a lot recently about player safety and he discussed it again Wednesday during a lecture and question-and-answer session at the department of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina.
He's calling for “a culture of safety for every sport” and welcomes the national conversation about player safety and the growing issue of concussions.
Goodell says the league “can and must do more to make the game safer” and pointed to the NFL's recently announced partnership with General Electric to develop ways to improve head protection.
Redskins' name on trial
The case against the Washington Redskins nickname begins again Thursday.
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will hear a petition brought by a group of Native Americans who say the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection. They cite a law that prohibits registered names that are disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable.
The board stripped the Redskins of the trademark in 1999, but the ruling was overturned in large part on a technicality. The same technicality doesn't apply to the new group of plaintiffs.
Bills retain pair
With the Bills overhauling their defense this offseason, linebacker Bryan Scott was excited and relieved to find out he won't be among the castoffs.
The 10-year NFL veteran will return to Buffalo after signing a one-year contract. Scott is a product of Penn State.
In a separate move, the Bills retained exclusive rights to tight end Dorin Dickerson (West Allegheny) by tendering him a contract offer. Dickerson had nine catches for 117 yards in 11 games last season.
Redskins add Smith
A.J. Smith has joined the Redskins as a senior executive.
Smith spent nine years as general manager of the San Diego Chargers before he was fired on Dec. 31.
Six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers as released by the 49ers after two seasons filled with record-breaking highs and incredible lows.
In 2011, Akers set NFL records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted. He also tied the league mark for the longest made when he kicked from 63 yards in last season's opener at Green Bay.
But Akers made just 29 of 44 attempts last season, his lowest percentage since 1999. The 49ers even brought in Billy Cundiff to compete against Akers before the divisional-round playoff and NFC Championship Game.