Richard Sherman was released by the San Francisco 49ers in February of this year and has yet to be picked up by any other teams.
In the months since, he has also gotten embroiled in a variety of unfortunate legal entanglements. The combination of that, him being 33 years old, and the fact that he was coming off the least productive season of his pro career made him something of an unappetizing acquisition in the eyes of most front offices.
The tide may be turning, though.
This week, news emerged that three teams were taking a serious look at potentially adding Sherman.
According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have all inquired to some degree about adding the future Hall of Famer.
Between the Niners losing Jason Verrett and Sean Murphy-Bunting being out indefinitely for Tampa Bay, those two teams in particular have a need for someone with Sherman’s unique skill set.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians offered some brief thoughts on the matter this week.
“We’ll talk and see and if it’s the right fit, it’s the right fit and we’ll move on it,” he said to the media.
The Bucs have been dealing with some controversy over the past week, but clearly that hasn’t deterred them from scouting Sherman. Where that relationship goes remains to be seen.
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Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, seemed less enthusiastic about something getting done. During an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle, he described the status of possible negotiations with Sherman as “nothing right now.” At the moment, the front office is likely much more focused on its rapidly increasing internal drama than possible add-ons.
Obviously Sherman is on the wrong side of 30 and comes with a lot of baggage, but he was incredible in 2019 with the Niners. Yes, injuries cut his 2020 campaign short, but if he has something left in the tank – he cold be a huge pick-up for a Super Bowl contender.