Headed into the second week in June, veteran cornerback Richard Sherman remains without a team for the upcoming 2021 season. It looks like that might be the case for at least a few more weeks.
According to SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano, teams around the league think that Sherman will likely wait until the end of training camp to sign for the 2021 season. At that point, he’s expected to join a contender.
“Most of the offseason speculation has surrounded veteran Richard Sherman, who loves [New York Jets coach Robert] Saleh,” Vacchiano wrote. “But at this stage of his career, many around the NFL believe Sherman is much more likely to wait out training camp and hope to sign on to a contender.”
The four teams that appear to be in the running for Sherman all have expectations of making the playoffs in 2021, with a few clubs hoping for an even deeper postseason run. As of right now, the New Orleans Saints, San Fransisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Las Vegas Raiders are expected to try and land the veteran corner.
— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) June 5, 2021
Sherman, 33, obviously has some familiarity with two of the teams on that list, the Seahawks and the 49ers. The five-time Pro Bowler has spent his entire career in Seattle and San Fransisco, so both organizations are aware of what he can bring to the table.
The Raiders are desperately in need of help in the secondary after a disappointing 2020 campaign. Jon Gruden’s pass defense ranked among the worst in the league and could still use some upgrades heading into training camp.
The Saints will head into a new era at quarterback in 2021 but also need a second cornerback to pair with Marshon Lattimore. Sean Payton and the front office made some other moves to sure up the position this offseason but Sherman may be the most reliable option available.
Sherman played in just five games for the 49ers last year due to injury but made the Pro Bowl just two seasons ago in 2019. Although he might not be able to show the form he did earlier last decade, he can still contribute to any team that he lands on.