The New Orleans Saints were linked to free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman throughout the offseason but the former Seahawks and 49ers corner is still without an NFL home for the 2021 season. Recently, Sherman spoke to Ritika Gupta of Bloomberg about a variety of things but one of his quotes was about what he’s looking for in his next NFL landing spot.
"“I want to get to a team that’s competing for a championship, so that’s what I’m focused on and waiting for a right opportunity,” he said. “When it comes, that’s where I’ll be.”"
Sherman, like many other free agents, is wanting to sign with a team that can vie for a Super Bowl title. The Saints are hit or miss in that category, as they lost their Hall of Fame quarterback this offseason to retirement but still have a very good roster. Would Sherman consider them to be a Super Bowl contender?
Saints free-agent target Richard Sherman wants to sign with a contender.
Sherman is 33 years old and despite only playing in five games this past season for the 49ers has shown he still has the chops to be one of the NFL’s best at his position. The previous year, he was one of the head honchos in the 49ers’ stout defense that made it all the way to the Super Bowl. He has battled injuries throughout his career and that’s likely why he’s still available to sign.
The Saints could certainly use someone like Sherman, as their cornerback position is a bit thin. They still have Marshon Lattimore for at least one more season but they’ll be relying on Stanford rookie Paulson Adebo to step in and be an instant playmaker in his first NFL season. That’s a lot to bank on, especially from a third-round rookie.
Sherman is worth taking a flier on for the Saints but now it’ll come down to if he believes they can truly contend for a Super Bowl or not. New Orleans might not have Drew Brees on the roster anymore but this team is talented and Sherman could make it even better.