In news that shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise as some fans likely took it, Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks have parted ways.
We are parting ways with longtime defensive standout Richard Sherman.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) March 9, 2018
It’s been a day of wild transactions across the league and with the free-agent signing period starting next week, it promises to get even wilder.
Many fans of the Los Angeles Chargers would likely consider the team bringing in Sherman as a wild move, but it may not be too far fetched.
There are some who feel that Sherman’s best fit is actually in Los Angeles.
A bunch of teams are in the mix for Richard Sherman but the Chargers make the most sense. Where will he land? pic.twitter.com/y7CYI352YZ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 9, 2018
That’s due to the fact that Sherman became a household name playing in a defense ran by current Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. It would be a natural fit, plus there’s the little detail that Sherman was born in Compton and might like the idea of a return home.
Asked Richard Sherman what he’s looking for in his next team: “Looking for a great fit. A team that has a great QB. Looking for somewhere I will be comfortable.” Who fits that description? ?
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 9, 2018
A great quarterback and a place he can feel comfortable? I’d say the Chargers would check both of those boxes.
Many fans will point to the fact that the Chargers don’t really “need” Sherman. After all, they already have Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams, Jason Verrett and Desmond King. Why would they even mess with Sherman, right? Listen, every team in the NFL needs All-Pro defensive backs and if you can have three or four of them, why wouldn’t you?
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The problem would likely be money. Sherman was heading into the final year of a 4-year, $56 million contract. The Seahawks saved $11 million in cap space by releasing him. With his last contract paying him an average of $14 million per season, Sherman will be looking for another big deal, particularly because he’s still just 29 years old.
That — and not the fact that the Chargers don’t necessarily need a cornerback — is likely what would shoot any interest between the two sides down. Chris Wesseling of NFL.com lists the Chargers as one of seven potential landing spots for Sherman, but there are other teams on his list that will likely be willing to pay more for his services than the Chargers will.
Still, it’s an interesting conversation and if the Chargers could obtain Sherman at a decent rate, one that wouldn’t hamper the team’s attempts to sign other key players, than there isn’t much of a reason not to at least explore this idea.