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Raiders Free Agency: CB Richard Sherman visiting 49ers

11 March 2018

The Seattle Seahawks released an iconic figure in their franchise history on Friday, parting ways with cornerback Richard Sherman.

The Seahawks made the decision to move on from cornerback Richard Sherman on Friday. He has a visit lined up with the 49ers on Saturday, Anderson reported, and has received interest from six other clubs: the Titans, Lions, Raiders, Texans, Bucs and Packers.

Thomas Davis may have provided a clue to how he feels when the Panthers' veteran linebacker posted a picture on Instagram of him and Sherman together on Friday.

Since entering the league in 2011, Sherman has been one of the NFL's best at the position. Sherman's free agency will be complex as he is coming off of a serious Achilles injury, and he'll turn 30 years old before the beginning of next season.

If healthy, Sherman, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who excels in physical man-to-man coverage, would be an ideal fit for the 49ers' 4-3 defense.

"I want to go to a contender", Sherman said.

NFL Network also noted that Sherman "has a strong affinity for the West Coast", and San Francisco is close to Stanford, where Sherman went to college.

But Sherman said at the Sports Star awards he thought he would be ready for the beginning of mini-camp.

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.

Sherman is now an unrestricted free agent and free to negotiate and sign with another team.

Seattle also could re-sign Byron Maxwell, who returned to the Seahawks in November following Sherman's season-ending injury and started the rest of the way at left cornerback.

Raiders Free Agency: CB Richard Sherman visiting 49ers