Free agent Richard Sherman doesn't know where he will end up for the 2021 season, but his allure is spreading to other sports.
Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum tried to entice Sherman to join the Cleveland Browns in a tweet Thursday. McCollum, an Ohio native and avid Browns fan, even offered neighborhood and restaurant suggestions in his pitch.
Sherman responded with a tease of his own.
The 32-year-old cornerback spent the last three seasons with San Francisco, but it doesn't appear he'll return to the 49ers next year. Sherman, who doubles as his own agent, told NBC Sports Bay Area in December that although he would like to re-sign, it remains unlikely.
“I think that there’s obviously a want from both sides to come back and make this work," Sherman said at the time. "Unfortunately, I don’t know that the circumstances will allow it.
"It’s one of those years where it’s not from anybody’s fault that it may not work out. And it will be a sad parting because I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I’ve enjoyed this team."
The free-agent market is bound to expand league-wide, with teams forced to deal with the repercussions of a shrunken salary cap due to lost revenues from the COVID-19 pandemic. That issue is not lost on Sherman either.
"There are, like, 40 free agents who need to be re-signed [by the 49ers]," he said. "At the end of the day, they have to do what’s best for the majority, for the team. And I got to understand that."
Regardless, Sherman surely will be a hot commodity as a free agent. With former defensive coordinator Robert Saleh now the head coach of the New York Jets, Sherman likely will be targeted there, with numerous suitors to follow.
Thanks to McCollum, Cleveland could be added to that list.