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Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins reaches out to Richard Sherman after release

Following days of speculation, the Seattle Seahawks finally pulled the trigger on parting ways with All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman after seven seasons with the team. This has immediately placed him at the top of the list as one of the most intriguing secondary talents available ahead of the free agency period.

There will be several teams that will be in the hunt to secure his services this offseason with the addition of one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been no stranger to reaching out a few top pending free agents via Instagram and was at it once on Friday afternoon after Sherman was waived.

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Hopkins has already reached out to the likes of Malcolm Butler, Jimmy Graham and his former Clemson teammate Sammy Watkins via Instagram posts hinting at joining the Texans. The decision to do just the same with Sherman should come as no surprise as the 25-year-old is trying to help his teammate improve their roster ahead of the 2018 season.

Sherman has been one of the top cornerbacks in the league throughout much of his career, which would make his addition to Houston’s defense a huge lift to the secondary. He would quickly step in as the top cornerback on the roster alongside Jonathan Joseph.

That said, the Texans could be one of several teams that will pursue Sherman alongside potentially the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and Oakland Raiders. Houston could be one of the more interesting landing spots as the team possesses $65.7 million in salary cap space that will allow them to offer him a lucrative deal in free agency.

Sherman has already made it clear that he wants to join a contending team that has a strong quarterback under center and the Texans may have that with second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson expected to be back before the start of next season. Ultimately, this only signals what could be a stacked market for the four-time Pro Bowler.