Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Richard Sherman To Meet With 49ers On Saturday

Richard Sherman To Meet With 49ers On Saturday

Richard Sherman put the 49ers first on his free-agent visit list.

Let's ignore the dislike many Niners fans probably have for Sherman for a moment and explore the other question.

The Seahawks made the decision to move on from cornerback Richard Sherman on Friday.

The Pats have needs elsewhere, but pairing Sherman with Stephon Gilmore would give the team perhaps the best cornerback duo in the National Football League (although Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib on the Rams will be hard to top).

Sherman, who turns 30 later this month, was released after seven seasons in Seattle.

Spending big on Sherman would leave the Panthers, who will be about $19 million below the cap when the Smith trade is official, with fewer resources to allocate toward the high-need positions of safety, edge rusher and receiver (still).

The talented, brash defender has been one of the faces of a team that appeared in two Super Bowls and won one, success built on a hard-hitting defensive identity and the vaunted "Legion of Boom" secondary. Sherman expects to be ready for the regular season but could be limit in August for training camp and parts of the preseason. Sherman discussed Friday on KIRO-AM in Seattle what he's looking for in a new team.

The releases of Sherman and Lane leave Seattle's cornerback spot with some uncertainty heading into free agency. If he can return to form he is still one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Niners general manager John Lynch has plenty of salary-cap space to potentially sign Sherman - roughly $70 million, according to Over The Cap. 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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