Richard Sherman meets with 49ers, signals free-agent tour has just begun

Jon Howard
March 11, 2018

The Packers were among the Tennesee Titans, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers, who Sherman is meeting with Saturday.

The Seattle Seahawks released an iconic figure in their franchise history on Friday, parting ways with cornerback Richard Sherman.

Of course, this is all dependent on Sherman actually leaving Northern California without a contract.

After dining with the enemy Friday night, it's possible cornerback Richard Sherman could be signing with the 49ers, the NFC West rival he's tormented over the years.

Sherman ended last season on injured reserve because of a ruptured right Achilles.

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Sherman made All-Pro four times in seven seasons with the Seahakws, who released him with a failed-physical designation to spare $11 million on their 2018 salary cap. Sherman expects to be ready for the regular season but could be limit in August for training camp and parts of the preseason.

It's ironic. Sherman, 30, was a central figure in the classic 49ers-Seahawks rivalry of the early 2010s. Sherman discussed Friday on KIRO-AM in Seattle what he's looking for in a new team.

While T.J. Carrie was the best cornerback the team had last season, he comes into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Since entering the league in 2011, Sherman has been one of the NFL's best at the position. Also on the roster are DeAndre Elliott, who saw some action as a rookie in 2016 before spending all of last year on Injured Reserve, and Mike Tyson, a sixth-round pick in 2017 who spent most of last year on the practice squad.

The cost-cutting moves will give the Seahawks an estimated $38 million in available salary cap space - they had $13 million at the beginning of the week. He can now sign anywhere - including the Seahawks - without having to wait until the start of free agency on March 14.

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