Throughout free agency, Richard Sherman has been consistently linked to the New Orleans Saints. The former Seahawks and 49ers cornerback is a free agent after the Niners waived him earlier this offseason and now he’s waiting for a new home in the NFL.
According to Sam Profeta of USA Online Sportsbook, the Saints are the ‘newest destination favored for Sherman’ and said this:
"Their defense is still in full strength having ranked in the top-5 for both yards and points allowed per game in 2020. With that, it would make sense as to why New Orleans is on his radar as he could pair up with other star talent such as Marshon Lattimore and Cameron Jordan."
Adding Sherman would be a huge move for the Saints. They have a major need for someone at the CB2 spot after losing Janoris Jenkins in free agency and Sherman would give them the veteran corner they’ve been needing to sign this offseason.
The Saints are the likeliest destination for Richard Sherman.
Sherman is coming off a season where he appeared in just five games for the 49ers, which made their decision to release him much easier. In 2019, however, Sherman was one of the leaders on a Niners defense that helped get the team to the Super Bowl.
The Saints had Dre Kirkpatrick in for a visit last month but no deal was struck. The interest with Sherman has gone back to earlier in the offseason when there appeared to be interest on both sides, but since then, Sherman has gone on the record saying that he wants to sign with a contender.
Are the Saints a contender in Sherman’s eyes? If they still had Drew Brees, the answer likely would have been yes, but now that Brees is off to retirement, who knows if Sherman considers the Saints to be a Super Bowl contender or not.
Saints fans are hoping that some kind of deal can get done with Sherman because there’s no doubt that he’d be an upgrade for this secondary. Right now, the Saints are relying on Marshon Lattimore, rookie Paulson Adebo, and Patrick Robinson as their main cornerbacks and Sherman gives them a more reliable option.
With training camp inching closer and Sherman still available in free agency, the Saints need to stop putting this off and do what it takes to get the veteran cornerback to the Big Easy.