No sooner was Richard Sherman released by the Seahawks, but the former All Pro cornerback had teams across the NFL calling with interest in his services. Among those teams are the Raiders, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
I spoke to Richard Sherman last night, he told me after being informed of his release by the #Seattle Seahawks, he has received preliminary interest from the #49ers, #Titans, #Lions, #Raiders, #Texans, #Bucs and #Packers. https://t.co/QtAB9T3sOt— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 10, 2018
Before the Raiders can get a crack at Sherman, he will have to get through San Francisco first. The 49ers brass have put on the full court press to keep Sherman in the division, meeting with him for dinner Friday night and working him out Saturday.
Richard Sherman could be seeing Seattle twice a year:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2018
Sherman is scheduled to meet today with 49ers’ officials, sources tell ESPN. 49ers want to make sure Sherman healing from injuries, and if both sides pleased with meeting, they will try to get contract done, per sources.
Sherman becomes the second big cornerback the 49ers and Raiders were reportedly in competition to sign. It has been reported that Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson had been the Raiders top free agent priority and that his top two suitors are the 49ers and Raiders .
In that regard, there is a silver lining. It means if the 49ers get Sherman, the Raiders may no longer have them as competition to sign Johnson. Though one could argue, even coming off his Achilles tear, Sherman is the better prize of the two.
Johnson and Sherman are just a year apart in age. But Oakland would be a homecoming for the Stockton native.