NFL Free Agency 2021: 5 way-too-early landing spots for Richard Sherman

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The Seattle Seahawks selected Richard Sherman in the fifth-round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The former college wide receiver and cornerback took the league by storm in the coming seasons, eventually emerging as the Legion of Boom’s leader.

However, Sherman isn’t that young, fiery, unproven cornerback anymore. He’s in the second stage of his career. In 2017, Sherman ruptured an Achilles and landed on injured reserve. The Seahawks released him that offseason and the vocal defensive back signed with the rival San Francisco 49ers.

Now, Sherman enters the final year of his three-year, $27.15 million deal. During his first two seasons with the 49ers, Sherman reclaimed his title as one of the game’s best shutdown corners. He also made another Super Bowl appearance, falling short of winning his second Lombardi Trophy.

In 2019, Sherman earned Second-Team All-Pro honors. He also became the leader of San Francisco’s defensive backfield. However, at 32 years old, there’s no guarantee the 49ers will re-sign Sherman next offseason.

When putting together a list of landing spots for Sherman, I looked for teams with a need at cornerback and teams with Super Bowl potential.

At this point in his career, Sherman desperately wants another ring. That limited the number of franchises I chose from. I also looked for supporting casts in the secondaries that could help Sherman age gracefully.

While other teams might come knocking on Sherman’s door next spring, these five teams should all go after All-Pro.