New England Patriots

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the San Francisco 49ers takes the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman has completed his return to the National Football League. He will officially join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, less than a week before they head to Foxborough for a much-anticipated clash with the Patriots.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Sherman signed a one-year deal with the Bucs and is expected to be available to play Sunday night.

Per Ian Rapoport, Sherman had talked to his former teams, the Seahawks and 49ers, but chose the Bucs after a recruiting pitch from Tom Brady. No surprise there.

The Sherman move is ultimately just a blip on the radar compared to all the other storylines permeating Sunday’s game between the Pats and Bucs. There’s more than enough Brady and Bill Belichick hubbub to be able to brush Sherman off to the side. But if Sherman is anything close to the player he was with the Seahawks and 49ers, he has a chance to be a great in-season pickup for Tampa.

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