Darrelle Revis' value, potential team fits

Darrelle Revis could be headed out of Tampa Bay after just one full season. Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Two decades ago, the San Francisco 49ers had reached three NFC Championship Games in a four-year window without winning a Super Bowl. Instead of staying the course, they moved aggressively to sign Deion Sanders, then the game’s best cover cornerback. Sanders picked off six passes on his way to becoming the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1994, and the 49ers won it all.

Similar scenarios came to mind this week when news broke that Darrelle Revis could be available after one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Revis, although approaching his 29th birthday this summer, re-established himself as an elite corner in 2013 after recovering from a torn ACL. Why wouldn’t the 49ers, with zero championships to show for their appearance in the three most recent NFC title games, acquire or sign Revis for a Super Bowl run in 2014? They wouldn’t be the only logical suitors, either. Revis could make sense for teams on both ends of the championship spectrum, despite the valid points ESPN analyst Herm Edwards made in questioning the value of cover corners in general.