Richard Sherman is sick of the slander. Not about himself, not even about Jimmy Garoppolo or any other of his current 49ers teammates.
No, this time the 49ers star cornerback is defending his former Seattle Seahawks teammate, Earl Thomas.
Sherman and Thomas played seven seasons together in Seattle, from 2011 through 2017. They served as archrivals of the 49ers, leading the "Legion of Boom" in the defensive backfield. Sherman, and Thomas -- a safety -- each were name All-Pro three times as Seahawks teammates.
Thomas' contract was terminated by the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday for personal conduct reasons. He had an on-field altercation Saturday with then-Ravens teammate Chuck Clark that was the final straw for coach John Harbaugh and Co.
Baltimore signed Thomas to a four-year, $55 million contract in March 2019. He played 15 regular-season games last year and was named to his seventh Pro Bowl. The 31-year-old proved he's still a star last season, and will clearly help his next team.
But that next team likely won't be the 49ers, as our own Matt Maiocco put explained, for many reasons. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the Dallas Cowboys are the favorites to sign the Texas native.
Whenever Thomas is on the field next, though, Sherman can't wait for the safety to prove he's a star yet again.