On Friday, we polled Detroit Lions fans to see if they were interested in adding veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday. 71 percent, including myself, said there were not interested.
The Detroit Lions apparently don’t agree, because according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, they are one of seven teams to express interest in the All-Pro defender:
I spoke to Richard Sherman last night, he told me after being informed of his release by the #Seattle Seahawks, he has received preliminary interest from the #49ers, #Titans, #Lions, #Raiders, #Texans, #Bucs and #Packers. https://t.co/QtAB9T3sOt— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 10, 2018
If the Lions were to add Sherman to their defense, they’d have likely the best one-two punch at cornerback in the league. Darius Slay and Sherman would make a dynamic duo.
However, there are questions about Sherman’s game at age 29. It has certainly taken a small step down, but the bigger concern is coming off an achilles injury suffered in November.
Adding Sherman would push into question the immediate future of 2017 second-round pick Teez Tabor. The Lions could opt to use Tabor in the slot, but there’s a good chance he’d ride the bench again in 2018.
But before we get too ahead of ourselves with Sherman, it appears he may not last very long in free agency. According to Adam Schefter, he’s currently visiting with the 49ers, and he may not leave there:
Richard Sherman could be seeing Seattle twice a year:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2018
Sherman is scheduled to meet today with 49ers’ officials, sources tell ESPN. 49ers want to make sure Sherman healing from injuries, and if both sides pleased with meeting, they will try to get contract done, per sources.
San Francisco would be an interesting landing spot for Sherman, seeing as he wouldn’t be leaving the west coast, nor the NFC West. We’ll continue to follow the situation as it unfolds.