One of the underlying storylines heading into the offseason is Richard Sherman‘s NFL future. There are lingering indications that Sherman may have played his last down with the San Francisco 49ers. Before the star cornerback begins his free agency journey, he has voiced how much longer he wants to extend his career.
Richard Sherman nearing an end to 49ers’ tenure
Following a lengthy stint with the Seattle Seahawks, Richard Sherman experienced a career resurgence with the 49ers.
It was seen as a gamble by Sherman to negotiate his three-year, $27.1 million deal that was mostly incentive-laden. However, he proved the doubters wrong as he re-established himself as one of the league’s top cornerbacks.
Sherman quickly became one of the 49ers’ defensive anchors that helped guide them to a Super Bowl 54 appearance. Things came off the hinges in the 2020 season as injuries marred much of the roster, including the All-Pro cornerback, who missed 11 games due to nagging leg injuries.
The conversation around Sherman has now moved toward his time in San Francisco ending as he’s set to enter free agency. With all that in mind, the star defensive back has laid out how much longer he wants to play.
Richard Sherman surprisingly reveals his NFL future
Richard Sherman’s uncertain future with the 49ers has quickly led the conversation toward his remaining playing days.
The Pro Bowl cornerback discussed just that during an interview with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s Stephen A’s World on Monday, where he laid out how much longer he wants to play.
“I only want to play two more,” Sherman said. “I want to get on a competitive team. I think I still have a lot to give to the game. I think I still have a lot that I want to accomplish and I think I can go out there and help a defense come together like it should and reach their potential, reach the heights that the defenses that I’ve played on have reached.”
The decision to publicly voice his NFL future should help provide Sherman a particular market in free agency. He strongly desires to be part of a talented defense to lift them to the next level.
When healthy, he has shown that he’s still a high-impact player who can contribute significantly as a lockdown defensive back. The question now becomes, which team will emerge as his best fit for his final two seasons?
Several teams may line up in free agency
Richard Sherman may be in the backend of his career, but he remains a hot commodity.
There is an interest to return to the 49ers, but he will likely explore the free-agent market. Early reports suggest that the Dallas Cowboys could enter the picture as a substantial bidder. Meanwhile, Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has already made it quite clear that he would love to add the five-time Pro Bowler to the mix.
If he’s willing to take a pay cut, Sherman could also become a strong target for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His two-year window before retirement would fit perfectly into Tom Brady’s possible timeline. The 32-year-old could also look to join a structured team like the Indianapolis Colts, who have a projected $78.4 million in cap space. However, the franchise holds the glaring need to address their quarterback situation.
Sherman could find himself being one of the most wanted players in free agency in the coming weeks.
Contract and salary-cap numbers are courtesy of Spotrac.