The Tampa Bay Buccaneers really don’t need any more talent on their roster. Tom Brady and the Bucs brought back every starter from their team that won the Super Bowl over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs back in February. Despite the overflow of talent, the Bucs are bringing in former Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman.
They started the year with victories over the Dallas Cowboys and then the Atlanta Falcons before falling to the Los Angeles Rams. Nonetheless, the rich have continued to get richer as the Bucs have brought in another savvy veteran. So when will he first suit up for the Bucs? Well, it seems that it’ll be sooner rather than later.
Richard Sherman heads to Tampa Bay
On Wednesday, Richard Sherman announced on his podcast that he is heading to the Bucs. This signing had been in the works for some time and is now official, and the Bucs added a former Pro Bowl cornerback who is out to prove something.
Sherman spent the last three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before being released during the offseason. He had been waiting for the right opportunity, and boom, here come the Buccaneers calling on the five-time Pro Bowler.
He definitely isn’t the player he once was, but he can provide quality depth for a team that has a golden opportunity to repeat as Super Bowl champions, especially with the ageless Tom Brady not slowing down one bit.
Will Richard Sherman suit up against the New England Patriots?
The timing of the Sherman signing is interesting. On Sunday, the Bucs will head to New England to play the Patriots, the team with which Tom Brady cemented his legacy as one of the greatest players to ever play in the NFL.
Sherman was at practice for the Bucs on Wednesday, and he seems to have a shot to at least be in uniform as they head to Foxborough to take on Bill Belichick’s Patriots in a highly-anticipated matchup. Brady also has a chance to become the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, so this game has all kinds of storylines brewing.
Oddly enough, the Bucs have had the NFL’s worst pass defense in 2021, allowing 338 yards per game after a stellar 2020 campaign. They lost Sean Murphy-Bunting in the opener against the Cowboys and are dealing with a knee injury to Jamel Dean, so they definitely had a massive need for some secondary help.
How much Sherman plays — if at all — remains to be seen, but he hasn’t played in an NFL game since December 2020, and he only played in five games with the 49ers last season as he dealt with a calf injury. Sherman himself even added that it would be “foolish” if he plays, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
But if anybody could be ready that quickly, it is Sherman.
Tom Brady, the recruiter
This shouldn’t be a surprise. Sherman acknowledged that Tom Brady was a key reason he joined the Bucs as the arguable GOAT picked up the phone and gave his pitch. In fact, Sherman said Brady was the first one in the organization to contact him.
When Brady talks, people listen. Antonio Brown came to Tampa Bay and has enjoyed a resurgence, Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement and is suddenly a top-end tight end once again, and the list just goes on and on.
Brady is the LeBron James of the NFL and has been able to recruit essentially anybody he wants, with Sherman as the latest big addition.
Whether Sherman plays against the Patriots is up in the air, but it is no secret that the Bucs could use some help in their secondary right away. Given the veteran’s experience, it wouldn’t be too difficult for him to get up to game speed before Sunday rolls around.
UPDATE: Richard Sherman will be ACTIVE for Sunday’s game against the Patriots, according to Sports Illustrated.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference