Richard Sherman said he wouldn’t sign with a team before the 2021 NFL Draft.
Now that the draft is underway, Sherman, one of the most prominent names on the NFL free agency market, awaits to see how the market shakes out in the coming days. Many Seahawks fans are hoping Sherman returns to Seattle his offseason following a three-year stint with the rival 49ers.
When talking to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Friday, the future Hall of Famer discussed his future in the NFL and why he’s anticipating more calls following the draft’s conclusion.
“It’s on pause,” Sherman told Stephen A. Smith. “I got to wait through this draft process. Obviously, the first round, a lot of teams got corners. Some teams didn’t get the corners they wanted; you know. And I think once this draft process completes, my phone will ring a little more with people who expected to get a guy and didn’t get the guy they wanted. I’m not as in control as I was at 33, it’s just like, it doesn’t matter what you put on tape, father time it’s undefeated. So we’re just going to go with the young guy, it doesn’t matter what accolades that you have, what you’ve put on tape, the numbers, it’s just age sometimes. So I just got to continue to stay in shape, stay ready."
After splitting with the 49ers this offseason, the All-Pro corner hasn’t ruled out a potential reunion with his former team, or the Seattle Seahawks. Tom Pelissero reported back in March, Sherman is “open” to coming back to Seattle. If he did, he’d join Kerry Hyder Jr. and Ahkello Witherspoon, who both left San Francisco to join the Seahawks this offseason.
With the Seahawks, Sherman cemented his legacy on the Legion of Boom defense that was instrumental in helping the franchise secure its first Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. During his seven years in Seattle, Sherman made four Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro First-Team on three occasions.
To the surprise of 12s, following the 2017 season, Sherman departed to the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers in free agency by negotiating his own contract following a ruptured Achilles.
In three years with the 49ers, Sherman posted four interceptions, one touchdown, 16 passes defended and one sack. He made the Pro Bowl in 2019 but only played five games in 2020 and hasn't played a full 16 game season since 2016.
A return to Seattle will certainly bring up some raw emotions for Seahawks fans who longed to see the NFL icon return home and hang up his cleats with the team that selected him in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Anything is possible at this point, but one thing is for certain, we’ll all be waiting until after the draft to see where the dominoes fall for Richard Sherman.