The Saints don’t expect to be big players in free agency, and there’s no evidence that they even can be. However, that isn’t stopping their name from emerging in connection certain free agents in this tampering period. Among those free agents is reportedly cornerback Richard Sherman, per Tom Pelissero.
Sherman, a three-time All Pro and part of the Seahawks’ infamous “Legion of Boom,” would ostensibly fill the void left by Janoris Jenkins, whom the Saints cut during a flurry of moves to get closer to the salary cap limit. While Sherman isn’t an upgrade from Jenkins, he would hopefully be solid enough to shore up a position that the Saints have desperate need in next season.
After he joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2018, Sherman’s game changed slightly. He was sidelined for most of 2020 due to a calf strain, and he’s already said he’s unlikely to rejoin the 49ers defense.
This move wouldn’t preclude the Saints from going after a cornerback early in the draft. It would merely add a familiar face for new defensive backs coach Kris Richard, who once coached Sherman in the same position in Seattle.
Interest, of course, isn’t a signing. But the Saints can make precious few moves in free agency this year, so every move has to count. With that in mind, interest is ostensibly real from the Saints front office.
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