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Raiders Baby Reggie awakens solicits CB Richard Sherman's services
Raiders Baby Reggie awakens solicits CB Richard Sherman's services

11 March, 2018

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) eats turkey during a TV interview on the field after the San Francisco 49ers' lost 19-3 in their National Football League game against Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

The Seattle Seahawks released the veteran cornerback Friday, meaning Sherman can begin meeting with other teams immediately, and sign a new contract as early as March 14.

It also might convince defensive end Julius Peppers, who's weighing his future, to decide to play another season.

After dining with the enemy Friday night, it's possible cornerback Richard Sherman could be signing with the 49ers, the NFC West rival he's tormented over the years.

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Sherman, for his part, says he wants to play for a contender, and the 49ers could be one of the NFL's up-and-coming teams after winning its last five games behind QB wunderkind Jimmy Garoppolo.

Spending big on Sherman would leave the Panthers, who will be about $19 million below the cap when the Smith trade is official, with fewer resources to allocate toward the high-need positions of safety, edge rusher and receiver (still).

Sherman made All-Pro four times in seven seasons with the Seahakws, who released him with a failed-physical designation to spare $11 million on their 2018 salary cap. He has since undergone surgery on his other Achilles.

Shaquill Griffin will return as the starter at right cornerback and the team is expected to tender restricted free agent Justin Coleman to return as the nickel corner. This year's market has some solid young cornerbacks, but none of them are as decorated as Richard Sherman. He joined the Packers' medical staff past year.

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