Richard Sherman is one of the most outspoken NFL players we’ve ever had. Apparently, ESPN thinks it would translate well to the broadcast booth.
Back in 2017, Sherman’s excellent tenure with the Seattle Seahawks came to an unfortunate end. He suffered a ruptured Achilles in a November game, ending his season.
Months later, he was cut by the team with which he won a Super Bowl. Any serious Achilles injury casts some doubts about a player’s future, but Sherman was determined to continue his career.
He signed with the Seahawks’ NFC West rival, the San Francisco 49ers, and remains a major factor with the surprising undefeated team.
It doesn’t sound like there was any real thought on his side for stepping away from the game, but in a big profile by NBC Sports‘ Matt Maiocco, Sherman revealed that he had a “lucrative” offer to join the Monday Night Football booth, in the role that was eventually filled by Jason Witten last fall.
But life outside of being a football player will have to wait. ESPN gauged his interest in retiring to enter the broadcast booth for “Monday Night Football” after he sustained a torn Achilles during the 2017 season. He was offered a lucrative deal to begin his broadcasting career, Sherman said.
But acting as his own agent, Sherman opted to sign a three-year contract with the 49ers shortly after the Seahawks released him in March 2018. ESPN ended up with Jason Witten in the Monday night booth for one season before he returned to the Dallas Cowboys this season.
This presents a pretty serious “what if…” for NFL fans, and ESPN. Witten only lasted a year, before his surprising decision to unretire. His stint in the booth did not go well, though ESPN appeared prepared to give him time to grow alongside Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland.
We haven’t really had a personality like Richard Sherman do games before, but it would definitely be fascinating, as I can’t imagine him being afraid to heavily criticize players and call things like he sees them. If ESPN is still looking for answers down the road, once Sherman eventually retires, maybe we’ll get that chance.