SANTA CLARA, Calif .– With the NFL’s salary cap expected to drop and the San Francisco 49ers unlikely to have much room to re-sign their many outstanding free agents, cornerback Richard Sherman believes this could be his third and final season on the team .
In fact, Sherman said Thursday that it would take something out of the ordinary to return to a team where around 40 players are expected to achieve some sort of free agency, including the left tackle with Trent Williams, and who is expected to be the star linebacker commits Fred Warner to a lucrative expansion of one of his top off-season priorities.
“If there is a miracle that happens, there is sure to be an opening,” said Sherman. “But there are 40 free agents and they’ll likely have a cap of $ 30 million or less and they have to bring back Trent who is over $ 20 million. You have to pay Fred who is over $ 18 million a year. So everyone. ” Anyone who knows the situation understands that. “
Sherman, who represents himself in contract negotiations, said his pessimism about staying with the Niners was tied to both his direct knowledge of what could happen to the salary cap from his work at the NFL Players Association, as well as his conversations with team management .
These economic and roster realities undoubtedly make Sherman difficult to keep, but that doesn’t mean the Niners are desperate to lose him. Trainer Kyle Shanahan said last week that he would like to find a way to keep Sherman on the team.
“Sherm is a guy that I know personally and that I know [general manager] John [Lynch] feels the same way [that] We always want to be on our team, “said Shanahan.” Sherm is the type of guy who, when he gets older and relegates, is such a good football player that he finds a way out. I understand his contract issues this year. I understand that there are a number of people on our team this year, but whoever can help us win football games, our boys are trying to figure out how to bring it up [them] back, especially people who get it right.
“Sherm is as good as anyone in those categories. Now there are a lot of things that come into this at the end of the year and how we make it all up and wait to find out what the salary cap is and what.” with what’s happening, but I know Sherm is here, he was everything we hoped for and more. And I really hope that these next games that we have left are really the end. “
In his 10th NFL season, 32-year-old Sherman returned against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12 after a calf injury that had kept him away since Week 1. Prior to that season, Sherman had not only served as a stabilizing locker room presence, but had returned to form in 2019 when he received the second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors when the 49ers won the NFC championship.
Sherman signed a three-year deal for $ 27.15 million of incentives valued at more than $ 30 million in 2018 after spending seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.