Friday was a busy day across the NFL: The Cleveland Browns made a plethora of trades to add a starting quarterback and top-tier wide receiver (both from the AFC East), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed wide receiver Mike Evans to a massive five-year, $82.5 million contract, and New England Patriots free agent Ricky Jean Francois announced that he would not return to the team next season.
However, the most noteworthy move from the Patriots' perspective might not have been Jean Francois acknowledging that he will be leaving but the Seattle Seahawks' release of star cornerback Richard Sherman. He was scheduled to be on Seattle’s books with a salary cap hit of $13.2 million but coming off a season-ending Achilles rupture and two surgical procedures since November, the team opted to part ways with Sherman.
Due to the release, he is now free to sign with any team – and the Patriots appear to be rather highly on the list of potential destinations. After all, the team is in the market for cornerback depth with former starter Malcolm Butler about the leave via unrestricted free agency. Sherman looks like a solid short-term replacement as he offers a unique blend of experience and athleticism, swagger and football intelligence.
However, as noted above, the soon-to-be 30-year old is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and he has been released with a “failed physical”-designation yesterday. Sherman is expected to make a full recovery but the questions are how soon – if ever – he will be back to old form and how this influences his market. New England, with $12.5 million invested in Stephon Gilmore, would likely not be willing to pay a recovering Sherman a top-tier cornerback deal.
With all that in mind, what do you think: Should the Patriots make a run at Richard Sherman? Vote below and discuss in the comments.
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