Are the Buccaneers the best fit for Sherman
By Chris Moore (Twitter: @fantasy_moore)
Heading into the 2021 offseason, Richard Sherman was viewed as one of the better veterans available in free agency. Many expected Sherman to return to the 49ers. But so far, that hasn’t been the case. Sherman has yet to sign with a new team in the 2021 season, but with multiple teams in the NFL dealing with injuries to their secondaries, we should expect Sherman to be getting a call very soon. At the time of writing this article, Sherman is visiting the Buccaneers. Let’s get into the top three fits for Richard Sherman.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Like I stated earlier in the article, Sherman is currently visiting the Buccaneers for a workout. The Buccaneers make a ton of sense for Sherman. They are a Super Bowl contending team that needs cornerbacks right now. The Bucs lost one of their starting cornerbacks in Sean Murphy-Bunting to a dislocated elbow in Week 1. In Week 3, one of their other starters Jamel Dean, left the game Sunday in the first quarter and never returned. The Bucs’ secondary is decimated right now, and if they want to return to the Super Bowl, adding to this beat-up secondary is a must. Sherman would fill a need for the team at the moment.
San Francisco 49ers
Just like the Buccaneers, the 49ers are also beat up in the secondary. The 49ers lost star cornerback Jason Verrett in Week 1 due to a torn ACL. With Verrett set to miss the remainder of the season, the 49ers need some help in the secondary. They tried bringing in veteran cornerback Josh Norman before the season started, but Norman has suffered a bruised lung injury against the Packers, and his status is unknown. The 49ers need some reinforcements in the secondary if they want to have any chance of slowing down any of the top NFC contenders. In comes Sherman. Why not bring back one of your starting cornerbacks from last season? Sherman knows the 49ers system very well, and with the 49ers leaning on their young cornerbacks in Deommodore Lenoir and Emmanuel Moseley, Sherman would provide experience and leadership. A return to the Bay may be in store for Sherman.
I don’t think we can rule out a potential homecoming for Sherman and Seattle. Sherman has always said he’s open for a return, and I think Seattle could be interested. The Seahawks currently give up the seventh-most passing yards in the league so far, and their secondary has had trouble against the pass. A potential reunion with Sherman could help their secondary. Seattle lost one of their starting cornerbacks, Shaquill Griffin, in free agency, and they currently don’t have great depth at the position. If Seattle wants to be competitive in their division, they need to fix up their secondary. Maybe a call to Sherman is how they start fixing it. We could see a potential return to Seattle in the future.