What's next for Richard Sherman after release from Seahawks?

From ESPN - March 9, 2018

Richard Sherman is a free agent for the first time in his career after the Seattle Seahawks released him on Friday.

So what's next?

Under normal circumstances, a cornerback as accomplished as Sherman -- with four Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro selections over seven seasons -- would not have to wait long to find his next home. He'd have his pick from among several immediate suitors.

But Sherman's situation will be affected by a few factors that could make his market slow to develop.

First and foremost, he's coming off a serious injury -- a ruptured Achilles that ended his 2017 season in November. Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, had reconstructive surgery on his right Achilles shortly after suffering the injury and also had a recent and comparatively minor procedure to clean up the same part of his left foot. He estimated last month that he'd be running again sometime around mid-April or early May and said he'd be ready to participate in minicamp in mid-June.

That timeline would have him back well before the start of the 2018 season, but the fact remains that there are no guarantees with injuries as serious as his. Teams might opt to wait to see how he has progressing as opposed to signing him now and taking a leap of faith that his recovery will go as planned.

Sherman is also hitting a free-agent market that will be flush with cornerbacks. Among the available names: Trumaine Johnson, Malcolm Butler, Patrick Robinson, Bashaud Breeland, Aaron Colvin, Rashaan Melvin, Morris Claiborne, E.J. Gaines, Brent Grimes and Prince Amukamara. There's also Kyle Fuller, who the Chicago Bears used a transition tag on this week.


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