Saints a potential landing spot for Richard Sherman in free agency

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The New Orleans Saints are still focused on making a run to the Super Bowl, but it is never too early to begin looking at the future. While the team still has a very good chance to make a postseason run, they will need to make some addition in the offseason. One potential name to keep an eye on could be veteran cornerback Richard Sherman.

With how the San Francisco 49ers’ cap situation currently looks, it would not be surprising to see Sherman end up leaving town. If the does, the Saints would make a lot of sense, as they could use more help in their secondary.

Sherman may be 32 years old, but he is still capable of being a playmaker. This season in just five games, Sherman ended up recording 18 tackles, one interception, and a defended pass. Injuries completely derailed his season.

Last year with the 49ers, Sherman racked up 61 total tackles, three interceptions, a defensive touchdown, and 11 defended passes. He was a huge part of the elite defense that San Francisco put together.

Looking ahead to his upcoming free agency, there are quite a few teams who could use a player like him. FanSided suggested that the Saints could make sense for him.

On the 2020 season thus far, the Saints rank No. 6 in the NFL in yards allowed through the air per game at just 215.1. They aren’t in desperate need of more help, but adding Sherman would make them an even more stingy defense.

With Drew Brees possibly playing in his final season, the Saints could need more from their defense in 2021. If he does retire, New Orleans will turn to either Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston, barring another move. That would mean a fairly sizable drop-off offensively.

Even with the possibility that Brees won’t be back, the Saints would be a serious contender next season. Hill took over when Brees went down with a serious injury this season and kept them winning. Their offense will be good enough next season to be dangerous even without Brees, should he retire.

Joining a Super Bowl contender will be a priority for Richard Sherman. The 49ers would like to keep him, but if they can’t pay him what he wants, a move to the Saints could make a lot of sense for the veteran star cornerback.

Expect to see quite a few teams show interest in signing Sherman. New Orleans may not end up being one of them, but they would be a logical destination.