Richard Sherman to meet with other teams after talking with 49ers

Tonya Becker
March 11, 2018

Sherman's release was a cost-cutting move.

Sherman, who turns 30 later this month, could have a robust market.

The cornerback told ESPN less than 24 hours after his release became official that he has already received preliminary interest from the Titans, Lions, Raiders, Texans, Bucs and Packers, but his first visit is with the 49ers. He tore his Achilles tendon in November.

His best seasons came in 2013 and 2014 when Seattle made two Super Bowl appearances and he has 32 interceptions.

Sherman is obviously familiar with the Bay Area, having played five years at Stanford.

Of course, the 49ers are only going to sign Sherman if they're satisfied with his health and there's no guarantee that's going to happen. Condotta says that the team was interested in trying to get Sherman to agree to a pay cut but that he "balked" at such a proposal.

Will Richard Sherman's foray into free agency be brief?

San Francisco started the offseason with a $137.5 million pact with impending free agent Jimmy Garoppolo.

Should a signing not happen before Sherman leaves Santa Clara, his next visit will reportedly be with the Detroit Lions. 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 Seahawks will add $11 million in salary cap space for 2018 with his departure.

A deal with the 49ers is no certainty, as Sherman has plenty of other options. He leads the National Football League with 32 interceptions since 2011 and is a four-time Pro Bowler.

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