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Raiders among teams making a play for Richard Sherman... if the 49ers don’t sign him first

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Once again the 49ers and Raiders are vying for the same free agent cornerback.

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

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.