Richard Sherman had well-documented interest in joining the Patriots. But now we know how interested the Patriots were in him. That is, not much at all.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald tweeted on Saturday that the Patriots “never reached out” to Sherman once the Seahawks released him, making him a free agent. Earlier that day, the three-time All-Pro cornerback quickly came to an agreement with the San Francisco 49ers on a contract, a three-year deal worth up to $39.15 million.
Howe added that Sherman’s interest in the Pats was “real” and that he strongly believes Sherman would’ve taken less money to be Tom Brady’s teammate. Apparently, not even that enticed the Patriots to call Sherman about a potential deal.
Clearly, the Pats aren’t necessarily interested in signing one of the biggest-name cornerbacks to a big-money deal, which they’ve already done with Stephon Gilmore. It’s unlikely they spring for Trumaine Johnson in free agency. And while Tyrann Mathieu would be intriguing to Bill Belichick if he becomes a free agent, perhaps he proves too expensive as well.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported the numbers of Sherman’s contract, revealing that he has at most $7 million guaranteed ($3 million at signing, another $4 million for passing the preseason physical). The “full base value” of the deal is just $21.15 million, with another $18 million tied to various incentives and bonuses.
The Patriots have other options to explore among free-agent cornerbacks, but few would make the same impact that Sherman would’ve made. They reportedly did talk trade with the Broncos for Aqib Talib, but that likely would’ve needed financial restructuring to make it work. Ostensibly, adding a pricey corner isn’t one of their big offseason priorities.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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