Richard Sherman Visiting 49ers With 'Real Chance' He Signs

Richard Sherman Visiting 49ers With 'Real Chance' He Signs

It might create a tough sight for Seahawks' fans: Sherman wearing a San Francisco 49ers uniform.

Richard Sherman was released by the Seahawks on Friday, but his time in free agency may be brief.

Of course, this is all dependent on Sherman actually leaving Northern California without a contract.

Drafted in 2011, Sherman is a free agent for the first time in his career.

The Seahawks had wanted Sherman to stay in 2018, but due to concerns of his age (he turns 30 later this month) and his Achilles injury had recently approached him about restructuring his contract and taking a pay cut.

After the Bay Area NFC West team captured the NFC Championship in 2014-defeating the Atlanta Falcons 28-24-they were forced to face the up-and-coming Seahawks on Championship Sunday in 2014. Or perhaps it's Sherman, a rangy 6-foot-3 cornerback who looks to recapture his top form after tearing his right Achilles tendon in November.

The talented, brash defender has been one of the faces of a team that appeared in two Super Bowls and won one, success built on a hard-hitting defensive identity and the vaunted "Legion of Boom" secondary.

Sherman had surgery to fix his right Achilles in November.

San Francisco started the offseason with a $137.5 million pact with impending free agent Jimmy Garoppolo.

But Sherman said at the Sports Star awards he thought he would be ready for the beginning of mini-camp.

The 49ers are in need of cornerbacks and are expected to land a veteran in the coming week whether it is Sherman or someone else. Niners general manager John Lynch has plenty of salary-cap space to potentially sign Sherman - roughly $70 million, according to Over The Cap.