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)
Richard Sherman #25 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Robert Saleh, Richard Sherman, SF 49ers
Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh and Richard Sherman #25 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

No. 1: New York Jets

Could Richard Sherman be one of the key SF 49ers free agents who follows now-head coach Robert Saleh to the NY Jets this offseason?

For sure. Why not?

For starters, Sherman already pitched to disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, via the Cris Collinsworth Podcast (h/t Pro Football Focus), to leave and take up residency with the Jets in 2021:

The Jets can easily afford Watson’s $15.9 million cap hit in 2021 and sign a number of veterans like Sherman, too. That’s what the situation is when New York’s total cap space is at $65.6 million entering the offseason.

Plus, Sherman has an exceptional feeling toward Saleh after witnessing first hand what San Francisco’s former coordinator did with the SF 49ers defense from 2018 through 2020.

The Jets have a ton of roster needs all over the place, and cornerback is no exception. But with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and a massive amount of cap space, it wouldn’t be problematic at all for a massive rebuild to be highly successful in year one of Saleh’s tenure.

Especially if someone like Watson joins the fray.

Yet New York would need some veteran leadership, and that’s exactly what Sherman could provide. Saleh knows it, and the on-roster players for the Jets know it, too.

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So, maybe, Sherman’s pitch to Watson was a behind-the-scenes effort to get the latter to join the former in New York in 2021.