Ward puts cryptic Sherman-49ers post on his IG story

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Does Jimmie Ward know something that we don't know? 

The 49ers safety posted a cryptic Instagram story Thursday regarding a possible return of Richard Sherman. 

Sherman, 33, still is a free agent. The longtime star cornerback spent the last three seasons in Santa Clara and recently said he would be "ecstatic" to re-sign with the 49ers.

He also made it sound like a possible return wouldn't exactly come in a quick manner. 

"It's one of those things where it would probably happen late or during the season, if anything, if it happens at all," Sherman said.

The veteran played at a star level in 2019, but injuries limited him to just five games last season. He isn't the lockdown corner he once was, but Sherman no doubt would improve any secondary. 

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Sherman told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco in December that a re-signing with the 49ers wasn't likely because of the team's salary-cap constraints. With free agency and the NFL draft over, perhaps Sherman now feels otherwise. 

We'll see. The Sherman situation in the Bay certainly is getting a bit more spicy lately.

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