Bucs already showing interest in Richard Sherman

  • Bucs already showing interest in Richard Sherman

Bucs already showing interest in Richard Sherman

The Seattle Seahawks cut ties Friday with star cornerback Richard Sherman, who became one of the NFL's premier cornerbacks during his seven seasons with the team.

Sherman told Albert Breer of the NFL Network that "They wanted the financial flexibility going into free agency but expressed that they wanted me to return and will be in contact".

Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after he tips the ball leading to an intereption by outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 to clinch the victory for the Seahawks against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The release of Lane saves Seattle $4.75 million against the cap in 2018 assuming it is not made with a post-June 1 designation.

Sherman, 29, is acting as his own agent and, because his contract was terminated Friday, he can sign ahead of Wednesday's official opening of the league year and free agency.

He also turned his tongue to players.

Sherman, if healthy, could be an immediate starter in a 49ers scheme that resembles the Seahawks' version under 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, a former Seahawks assistant. He had surgery on his left Achilles to remove bone spurs in January.

Sherman has been a free agent for less than 24 hours. Sherman expects to be ready for the regular season but could be limit in August for training camp and parts of the preseason. If the 49ers are satisfied enough with what the physical shows and the two sides can agree on compensation then Sherman could be a 49er by the end of the weekend, it appears.

Cap space isn't an issue for the 49ers, who have $70 million, more than all but four other teams, even after recently re-signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million deal.