It is known that veteran cornerback Richard Sherman would not return to the San Francisco 49ers in 2021, but he still has not selected a new NFL home. Also, don’t expect him to sign a team in the coming weeks as he recently announced he will wait until after the 2021 NFL draft to pick a new franchise.
Under one thing of Cris Collinsworth Podcast with Richard Sherman, the five-time Pro Bowler explained why it’s best for him to wait, as NFL teams are more excited about the inbound young talent at this point than the veterans back in the open market.
“Well, parentally, we had to wait for the draft hpens before anything else shakes out, because everyone has their hopes and dreams in the draft, which is understandable,” Sherman said, via Matt Maiocco from NBCSportsBayArea.com. “You turn 33, and then it’s like, ‘We’ll wait until we get a young puppy; and if we can’t get a young puppy, we’ll take an old fool.’ So this is where we sit. “
Sherman told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he wants to play two more years with a competitive team. The former Seattle Seahawks star played only five games for the 49ers in 2020 due to injury and recorded 18 combined tackles, one pass defense and one interception. Still, Sherman helped San Francisco make Super Bowl LIFE in 2019 and earned Pro Bowl honors as the leader of the NFL’s best secondary.
Sherman, who is now an “old fool” as he puts it, will have opportunities when the dust settles from the NFL draft, and just because he said he wants to look at “competitive” teams does not mean that he will only consider the Kansas City Chiefs or the Green Bay Packers. CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr lists the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Las Vegas Raiders as his best free agent landing sites for Sherman. Watch his breakdown of Sherman’s offseason so far here.