Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman has gone unsigned since he was released by the San Fransisco 49ers back in February. However, the 33-year-old might be joining a new team in the near future.
Sherman will reportedly visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday to discuss a potential deal, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The defending Super Bowl champs have a need at the cornerback position and Sherman is in need of a team, so the meeting could be the beginning of a fruitful partnership.
Bruce Arians confirmed that the Buccaneers reached out to the five-time All-Pro after Sean Murphy-Bunting went down with an elbow injury in Week 1. However, the two parties couldn’t come to an agreement, so this week’s visit will actually be the second time Tampa Bay has spoken with the 33-year-old.
Two seasons ago, Sherman was still a Pro Bowl caliber player, but his 2020 season was sidetracked by injury. He played in just five games for the 49ers and made 18 tackles with one interception.
Sherman’s on-field resume speaks for itself, but an offseason incident has led to some teams to hesitate about bringing him aboard. The 33-year was charged with five misdemeanors after a July incident involving his wife and her family, but has recently said that “a momentary lapse in judgment” shouldn’t outweigh what he’s accomplished in his football career.
The NFL world did take Tuesday’s news as a sign that Sherman may be headed to the Buccaneers to join Tom Brady. Many found themselves excited at the prospect at the two great players suiting up together.
Richard Sherman has wanted to play with Tom Brady for years https://t.co/qdLnoWv8Q2
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 28, 2021
— 𝗭𝗮𝗰 𝗕𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗻𝗲𝗿 (@ZacOnTheMic) September 28, 2021
Bucs coaches know Richard Sherman well. Bruce Arians saw him twice a year in Arizona — Sherman had two INTs in a 2013 game against him and a 55-yard INT in 2014, and he had two INTs in a 2016 win over Jets and Todd Bowles.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 28, 2021
Tom Brady waiting for Richard Sherman at the entrance to the Bucs facility today pic.twitter.com/QYmvFRL5pi
— Dommy Vercetti (@WGGPapaDom) September 28, 2021
I would like to see Richard Sherman on the Buccaneers. Him and Brady on a team would be interesting.
— Damon A. Salvadore (@DamonSalvadore1) September 28, 2021
Sherman might not be the player that he used to be now that he’s 33 years old, but he could certainly give a secondary-needy team, like the Buccaneers, a boost. Tampa Bay will be without Murphy-Bunting for the foreseeable future and revealed Tuesday that cornerback Jamal Dean also will miss time with a knee injury, so certainly has need of an additional player at the position.
Sherman may be the answer for the Bucs, depending on how Tuesday’s visit shakes out.