Richard Sherman, San Francisco 49ers to meet today

Posted March 11, 2018

The Seattle Seahawks released the veteran cornerback Friday, meaning Sherman can begin meeting with other teams immediately, and sign a new contract as early as March 14.

The Seattle Seahawks could be seeing more of Richard Sherman than they would prefer during the 2018 season.

Sherman dined Friday night in Los Gatos with his wife and Shanahan, as first reported by The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II. He was released by the team on Friday.

Sherman is now an unrestricted free agent and free to negotiate and sign with another team.

Richard Sherman, San Francisco 49ers to meet today
Richard Sherman, San Francisco 49ers to meet today

However, this isn't a done deal as Sherman is coming off of two surgeries on a torn Achilles tendon - which happened just in November - and it is now unknown what type of an asking price Sherman is presenting. The NFL Network reported that he was scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions in the coming week while ESPN said he had a half dozen suitors, including the Raiders.

Although there's some belief that a deal could get done with the 49ers, there's also a chance that the two sides won't agree to anything and Sherman's free agency tour will continue. Or perhaps it's Sherman, a rangy 6-foot-3 cornerback who looks to recapture his top form after tearing his right Achilles tendon in November. Condotta says that the team was interested in trying to get Sherman to agree to a pay cut but that he "balked" at such a proposal.

Bringing in a player of Sherman's stature would send a strong message that the Panthers want to make another Super Bowl in the final season for Davis and center Ryan Kalil, both of whom have said they will retire after 2018. He leads the National Football League with 32 interceptions since 2011 and is a four-time Pro Bowler.