33 years of age is old for an average NFL player. For a defensive back, that age is prohibitive. For a cornerback ever more so. However, former San Francisco 49ers free agent cornerback Richard Sherman is not an average cornerback.
Sherman and the last team he played for, the San Francisco 49ers are reportedly in early talks regarding the possibility of his comeback to San Francisco, per Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee.
The corner had a roller coaster three years with the 49ers that unfortunately ended with a calf injury. One of those seasons involved an All-Pro selection en route to a Super Bowl appearance.
Sherman has an affinity for the NFC West as his first team, the Seattle Seahawks, were rumored to also be conversing with him.
There are no certainties of a signing, but talks should ramp up soon.
Last February, Sherman mentioned that he spoke with 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan at the conclusion of the 2020 season and showed that his return would be unlikely with the end of oh his contract. There is a possibility that things have changed since then, according to Biderman.
“It’s been made pretty clear (I won’t be back),” Sherman remarked in February during a phone conversation with The Bee. “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.”
Sherman is getting up there in age and his injuries have sapped some of his athleticism, but he is still an interesting addition to a team due to his size, length, and high football IQ. And maybe now a reunion with the 49ers isn’t completely out of the realm of possibilities.