Richard Sherman Rumors: Free-Agent CB Reportedly Will Visit Lions After 49ers

Toby Graves
March 11, 2018

Now, there appears to be a real chance the 49ers are luring in Sherman after the Seattle Seahawks released him on Friday.

The 49ers are interested in making certain Sherman is healing from his injuries and could attempt to get a contract completed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The recovery timeline for an injury like that is generally 10 to 12 months, which means Sherman might not be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season.

He also has had a procedure to clean up bone spurs in his left Achilles. 49ers GM John Lynch is also a Stanford grad and talked to Sherman often during his years as an analyst for National Football League games for FOX. Sherman was scheduled to earn an $11.4 base salary in 2018.

He had one season remaining on a four-year, $56 million extension he signed in 2014 after the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII.

I go to a young secondary that is like we were when we were younger and help them grow and help them advance?

The 49ers have some $50 million in cap space and are expected to be aggressive in finding a starter at cornerback opposite Ahkello Witherspoon after he impressed as a rookie in 2017.

This offseason, 49ers have looked into three Pro Bowl cornerbacks - Vontae Davis, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib - but did not seriously pursue them before they landed elsewhere.

Also cornerbacks DeShawn Shead and Byron Maxwell and tight end Luke Willson will all become free agents Wednesday and could return.

If Sherman and the 49ers can't work out a deal on Saturday, then we'll likely see the Richard Sherman free agency tour go into full swing over the next few weeks.

After linebacker Malcolm Smith, now with the 49ers, intercepted the pass, Sherman gave Kaepernick the choke sign and mockingly extended a handshake to Crabtree.

Sherman turns 30 on March 30.

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