The 2021 NFL free agency frenzy has come and gone, but there are still quite a few players on the market that could help a team. One of those available free agents is veteran star cornerback Richard Sherman. He has been a big part of the San Francisco 49ers’ defense over the past few years and could help whoever decides to give him a chance this season.
During the 2020 season with the 49ers, Richard Sherman was only able to play in five games before going down with an injury that ended his season. He racked up 18 total tackles to go along with an interception and a defended pass. Back in 2019, however, he played in 15 games and ended the season with 61 total tackles, three interceptions, a defensive touchdown, and 11 defended passes.
Sherman can still play at a high level and is capable of being a starting cornerback. Granted, he isn’t the superstar that he once was, but he is still worth signing for a contender or a team in major need of help at the position.
With all of that being said, let’s take a look at three teams who should make a late free agency move to sign Richard Sherman.
Even though the Jets are nothing close to being a contender, they should still look to sign Richard Sherman. He would be able to come in and be an immediate starter. On a one-year deal, New York would also be a good decision for the veteran cornerback, who would be able to prove himself and then look to sign a more lucrative deal next offseason.
Sherman would likely compete for the No. 1 cornerback role with the Jets. He would be a major upgrade for a defense in major need of some help. This is one spot that could make sense for him and it could come with a higher pay day than many teams are willing to give him.
Another team that has been connected with Sherman this offseason is the Saints, who could use some more depth at cornerback. They currently have Marshon Lattimore and C.J. Gardner-Johnson as their top two players at the position. New Orleans would bring Sherman in to be an above average third cornerback who could end up starting as well.
If an offer is on the table for a one-year deal, Richard Sherman should consider the Saints. He may not have as big of a role as he would have elsewhere, but he could beef up his value for next offseason while contending for a Super Bowl in 2021.
Let’s be honest, this is the destination that makes the most sense, but is probably the least likely to happen on this list. The Packers made the decision to re-sign Kevin King in free agency instead of looking outside the organization. It was a major surprise after King was toasted by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship last season.
Bringing in Richard Sherman would give the Packers a much better starting option across from superstar cornerback Jaire Alexander. He would not get a lot of money from the cap-strapped Packers, but it would be an ideal situation. Sherman would help Green Bay towards their goal of winning the Super Bowl and would be well worth the investment on a one-year deal.