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Friday open thread: Should the Lions pursue Richard Sherman?

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Should the Lions consider adding the polarizing cornerback?

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It’s been a wild week for the Seattle Seahawks. First, they traded Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett and a seventh-round pick to the Super Bowl champion Eagles for just a fifth-round pick and receiver Marcus Johnson. Then it appeared that cornerback Richard Sherman had texted teammates that he was leaving the Seahawks in some capacity. All the while, key players like Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor may be dealing with career-ending injuries.

For a minute, however, it looked like at least Sherman could be salvaged. Rumors started to emerge that he was meeting with Seattle and could potentially stick around if the two sides could come to an agreement.

However, that was short-lived and now Sherman is expected to be officially released on Friday. I think you can see where this post is going.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you want the Lions to pursue Richard Sherman?

My answer: Nope. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, nope.

First of all, let me say this has nothing to do with Sherman’s personality nor his talent. The man can play ball, and there’s nothing wrong with playing with a little swagger. Having Sherman at his best alongside Darius Slay would immediately give the Lions the best duo of corners in the league—yes, even better than the Rams’ newly-formed Aqib Talib-Marcus Peters combo.

But the Lions aren’t getting Sherman at his best. He’s coming off a torn Achilles, and he even had surgery on the other Achilles this offseason, too. Sherman had actually never missed a game due to an injury prior to the Achilles tear, but this is one of the toughest injuries to recover from, and Sherman will be turning 30 later this month.

The Lions will likely need some cornerback help this offseason. Both DJ Hayden and Nevin Lawson are set to become free agents. While last year’s second-round pick Teez Tabor could grow into the starter opposite Slay in 2018, he’ll definitely need someone to challenge him and be there in case he’s not ready by the start of the season.

Sherman could be that guy (if he’s healthy by August), but there are two problems: He won’t come cheap and he’ll likely want a multi-year deal. If the Lions were to sign Sherman to a 3+ year deal, it would essentially bury Tabor on the depth chart until the end of his rookie contract, making him a complete wasted pick. As for the money, the Lions would be wiser to spend it on a different position, which is why I’m also against targeting a guy like Malcolm Butler.

Your turn.


Should the Lions pursue Richard Sherman?

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