New England Patriots

Richard Sherman reacts for the Seattle Seahawks after he intercepted a pass against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald discussed the possibility of Richard Sherman joining the Patriots this offseason on NBC Sports Boston on Thursday. He characterized Sherman’s feelings as “absolutely intrigued” about possibly coming to New England.

“If you’re gonna try to swing for the fences, go for the elite potential in Richard Sherman,” said Howe. “He’s gonna get cut free. He absolutely wants to play for the Patriots. So he’s gonna be on the short list.”

Sherman is likely to be cut before the start of free agency on March 14, and that could come as soon as Saturday, March 10. And now that the Patriots have lost out on Aqib Talib, Sherman could be their best option to add a big, talented corner to their secondary.

Based on his comments, Howe seems to have well-placed sources in Seattle that believe there’s “a lot of intrigue” on their side about Sherman going to the Pats. The soon-to-be-ex-Seahawk will be one of the top players available at the cornerback position in free agency, but it’s unclear how strong the interest is from the Patriots’ side. Howe couldn’t confirm that the Patriots are Sherman’s No. 1 option, but they certainly appear to be near the top of his list.