49ers, Richard Sherman To Part Ways

Richard Sherman said in December that he was likely to finish his career elsewhere, barring a miraculous turn of events that could keep him in San Francisco. No miracle will occur.

The 49ers and Sherman are set to part ways soon, with Sherman becoming a free agent in March. A discussion with Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch confirmed the 49ers will move on from Sherman after his three-year run with the team.

It’s been made pretty clear,” Sherman said, via the Sacramento Bee’s Chris Biderman, on the reality he will leave the 49ers in March. “It was a good conversation, nothing crazy. Just a good conversation about where they are and where I am, and their plans. We were both very positive and as good as you can be in a situation like this.”

After an underwhelming 2018 season, Sherman returned to his elite level in 2019 and helped the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV. One of the many 49ers to suffer a significant injury last season, Sherman played in only five games. His coverage numbers regressed, with the 32-year-old cover man allowing a 116.2 passer rating (after posting a 63.0 figure in 2019) in his limited 2020 action.

Even though he is only planning to play two more seasons, the All-Decade cornerback should generate considerable interest from contending teams. He was notably connected to the defense-needy Raiders earlier this month.

As for the 49ers, they may be starting over at corner. While Shanahan’s team still has impact front-seven defenders and Jimmie Ward returning, its cornerback contingent has Sherman, Jason Verrett, K’Waun Williams, Emmanuel Moseley and Ahkello Witherspoon unsigned for 2021. The team could well opt to keep some of these players off the market, but Sherman will not be one of them.

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    • bravesfan88

      I couldn’t have said it any better myself!! lol Hated him when he was on the Seahawks, liked him when he was on the 49ers..lol

      • IAmAFan

        You guys are just trashing him because he was apart of the Legion Of Boom and he was one of the best CB in the game, you probably say that because your a 49er fan.

        • ioh2710

          That’s exactly why lol. Good job dude. Im on the same boat with them lol.

        • giants4evr27

          Same reasons Seahawk fans started to dislike him when he signed with SF. Wouldn’t say hate since part of us will always love what he did as part of the LOB

  1. Tatsumaki

    He is going to raiders. This is the worst kept secret since Jon gruden came out of retirement to go to the raiders. Hopefully raiders don’t get penalized due to grudens idiocy.

  2. MileHighFan

    Sherman had a great career, but when cornerbacks reach the age of 30 their play falls off rapidly. His unexpectedly long time to recover from a calf injury is a major red flag. John Lynch is wise to look for a replacement.

  3. compassrose

    It is no secret he will sign a one day contract and retire a Hawk. Why not bring him back on a 2 year incentive deal? He needs to sit down and clear the air with Pete. Lynch did why not him? Love to see him back and help teach the young guys.

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