The thick of the NFL offseason has already arrived which means free agency will soon begin in earnest. Teams cannot contact unrestricted free agents until March 15, exactly two days before the start of the 2021 league year. However, news regarding the top players will circulate before the free agency officially kicks off, and this year’s market could feature big-name talents like Dak Prescott, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay. The franchise tag will likely remove one or more from the open market, but more will reach free agency when the legal-tampering period opens.
2020 in review
Sherman missed much of 2020 with a calf injury, but was able to get in five games where he played well. And we know that Sherman can help any defense, even at 33-years of age. He will be coveted on the open market.
Plenty of teams could use Sherman, so he should get good offers and be able to be somewhat selective. His priorities for a new team aren’t fully known though. As a student of the game, he is likely going to go to a team where he can be the most impactful in their defensive scheme.
The New York Jets have his defensive coordinator coaching now and plenty of cash. Sherman has mentioned wanting to play with Tom Brady in the past and a chance to to help the Buccaneers go back-to-back could motivate him to take a year in Tampa. Jon Gruden has made it clear he wants Sherman, as he said so on Sherman’s podcast. And being able to stay close to the West coast is likely a plus. The Cleveland Browns need secondary help, have money and are now a contender. Other teams with playoff and Super Bowl aspirations who could take him on are the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins. But in the end, there really is no good way to predict where he’ll go, but he’ll probably tell the world when he knows.
Do the 49ers want to keep him?
Probably, but they won’t be able to afford him along with their nearly 40 free agents needing to be dealt with. Sherman has made it clear that he’ll be moving on after looking at the 49ers position and talking with the team.
Whichever team he ends up on will have a stabilizing force in the secondary, helping their fantasy defense and likely giving their offense a chance to work with a lead and put together their best offensive game plan.
Jon Gruden explicitly has said he’d like Sherman to come to Las Vegas.