SF 49ers free agency: 5 possible landing spots for Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman #25 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers with Kyzir White #44 and Derwin James #33 (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

No. 4: Los Angeles Chargers

There’s always a chance Richard Sherman would want to return to his Southern California roots, and getting to play in Los Angeles has to be something potentially weighing on his mind.

It’s not quite clear what LA Chargers newly minted head coach Brandon Staley will want to do for his defensive coordinator. But in the wake of former head coach Anthony Lynn’s firing, and the subsequent dismissal of his defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley, the possibility of retaining a similar zone-style scheme Sherman experienced with both the Seahawks and SF 49ers over the years is strong.

Especially considering the bulk of the defense in LA is built in that mold.

The Chargers have some talented pieces on the defensive side of the ball, even in the secondary where safety Derwin James, despite his injuries, is a clear up-and-coming player.

James alone can take pressure of Sherman, while the Chargers are perhaps only a handful of players away from truly competing for a deep postseason run.

Plus, with over $22 million available in cap space this offseason, they can afford to overpay a bit for an aging veteran like Sherman if the value he provides winds up paying off in the long run.