Browns Won’t Pursue Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman won’t be on the Browns’ radar this offseason, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. The 49ers cornerback has familiarity with Joe Woods‘ defense, but the Browns are looking to allocate their dollars elsewhere.

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Instead, the Browns are banking on a healthy Greedy Williams to hold down the fort, along with Terrance Mitchell and slot corner Kevin Johnson, if they can re-sign them. Then, they can fill out any other gaps cheaply in the draft, or go for younger corners.

Sherman, 33 in March, enjoyed a solid 2019. After tallying 61 tackles and three interceptions in 15 games, the veteran added yet another Pro Bowl nod to his resume. Then, his 2020 was sidetracked by a calf injury, limiting him to just five games.

It appears that there is some mutual interest between Sherman and the Raiders. In Las Vegas, Sherman would get to reunite with a different ex-mentor in Gus Bradley. The newly-anointed defensive coordinator guided the Seahawks’ famed Legion of Boom era, in which Sherman cemented himself as a superstar player. It’s a situation to watch, though the league office may view Jon Gruden‘s comments as tampering.

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    • Patrick N.

      Browns play man coverage a majority of the time and Sherman has been a liability in M2M coverage. He’s a zone corner

  1. getoffmylawn

    I think it would be unwise for the Browns to rely on Greedy Williams returning to good health and/or being productive in 2021. His rookie year was uneven in 2019 and even if he returns to full health his contributions should be viewed as unexpected. The Browns need to concentrate on defense in the draft in April, and even though linebacker may appear as their greatest area of need, they need upgrading at all three levels. As Grant Delpit’s contributions next year can’t be assured due to his injury, looking at drafting at corner and safety would be a good idea for the Browns. Richard Sherman has had a great career but is a large financial risk at this point of his career, considering his injury history and expected salary demands. After lying about Baker Mayfield after the 2019 Browns-49ers game, it’s highly unlikely he would be welcomed to Cleveland, anyway.

    • Michael Chaney

      I think the Browns relying heavily on Greedy coming back is speculation from Zach as opposed to their actual plans. They’ve been connected to a lot of corners, and I imagine they’ll either get one in free agency or draft one in the early rounds. I agree that anything Greedy contributes should be a bonus, because I’m not at all close to ready to give up on him, but he shouldn’t just be handed a spot anyway. (Especially coming off missing the whole season.)

      I like Sherman as a player and think he’s still got plenty left, but the Browns would be better served going for a younger option (and probably a cheaper one since they need to save a little cap space for upcoming extensions). As for how he’d be welcomed in Cleveland, I’m sure that would work itself out. If he ended up playing for the Browns, the city would love him. I don’t really think it was that serious of an issue anyway.

      • Ak185

        In all seriousness I think that what both of you said are pretty good takes. Don’t have too much to add, just wanted to say that I liked y’all’s posts. Sherman does still offer something (I was kidding earlier), but the Browns might look to add more depth or competition more than a bona fide starter at this stage. That can be had as a secondary FA or in the draft.

  2. MileHighFan

    This dude is playing on experience alone, as he no longer has the physical skills to make a play. He guesses a lot (and thus guesses wrong a lot) in order to look like he is still a capable player.

  3. Mr Goodkat

    Bit strange that they don’t mention Denzel Ward in this article, no?

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