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Current free agent CB Richard Sherman could end up waiting out training camp before attempting to sign on a team contending for a Super Bowl, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
The veteran cornerback was placed on IR twice in 2020, limiting him to five games in a disappointing injury-filled season for the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman is now 33 years old and rumored to be interested in signing with a contender, eliminating the likelihood of a reunion with former 49ers' DC and current Jets head coach Robert Saleh in 2021. Although the Jets secondary would certainly benefit from Sherman's presence, it's very unlikely he signs in New York, as his sights are rumored to be restricted to teams ready to compete for a championship.
The Saints have shown interest in free agent cornerback Richard Sherman.
Sherman spent the first seven years of his career in Seattle, making four Pro Bowls and being named a First-Team All-Pro three times. He joined the 49ers in 2018 and spent three years with the organization, earning one more Pro Bowl nod. In 139 games, the former fifth-round pick has 36 interceptions and 115 passes defended in addition to 484 tackles, two sacks, and five fumbles forced. As Pelissero notes, joining New Orleans would allow Sherman to reunite with Kris Richard, who worked with the Seattle defense from 2010 to 2017. The Saints have a need at cornerback after releasing Janoris Jenkins.
On Monday, Richard Sherman announced that he intends to play for just two more years. Now, we are learning that the impending free agent won't return to the 49ers in 2021. During a phone call with The Sacramento Bee, Sherman said, “It’s been made pretty clear. It was a good conversation, nothing crazy. Just a good conversation about where they are and where I am, and their plans. We were both very positive and as good as you can be in a situation like this.”
A five-time Pro Bowler and three-time First-Team All-Pro, Sherman will take his talents elsewhere after spending 10 years in the NFC West. The former fifth-round pick should have many suitors as he hits the open market. Very early speculation has linked Sherman to the Seahawks, with whom he previously spent seven years and won a Super Bowl, and Jets, where Robert Saleh is currently the head coach. Of course, Sherman, 32, has shown no signs of slowing down and should draw interest from many teams looking for a talented veteran presence in their secondary.
49ers CB Richard Sherman doesn't expect to resign with San Francisco this offseason.
Sherman says this thought is based on the salary cap and conversations he has had with the organization. The 32-year-old has been more than serviceable when healthy this year, and he surely wouldn't struggle to find a new home if the 49ers opt not to bring him back.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting 49ers CB Richard Sherman (calf) is "set" to return to the field in Week 12.
Sherman has not played since suffering his calf injury in the season opener. He was activated from the injured reserve list this week and is in line to play against the Rams. The 49ers could use Sherman as their once smothering defense has taken steps back this season due to their multitude of injuries.