The New Orleans Saints are in need of a veteran cornerback and while Richard Sherman had been linked to them frequently throughout free agency, it’s time to cross the former Seahawks and 49ers cornerback off the list of potential options.
Sherman, who is still waiting to sign with a team in free agency after the 49ers let him go this offseason, was arrested for burglary and domestic violence charges on July 14, per Seahawks beat writer Corbin Smith. Smith tweeted the news of Sherman’s arrest on Wednesday morning.
Adam Schefter later tweeted that Sherman is also being investigated for a hit and run.
While the situation still isn’t fully known, it’s safe to say that this eliminates Sherman from potentially joining the Saints’ secondary.
The NOLA Saints should no longer target Richard Sherman after his arrest.
The Saints are thin at the cornerback position after Janoris Jenkins left for Tennessee in free agency. Letting Jenkins walk was a big mistake and the Saints waited until the third round to fill the void. They took Stanford corner Paulson Adebo in the third round of the draft and while the expectations for him are high, he’s a rookie and has a lot to prove.
New Orleans has Marshon Lattimore under contract for at least one more year and while he’s been mostly good during his career, his production has notably decreased. As a result, it wouldn’t be shocking if the Saints didn’t make a strong effort to keep Lattimore around past this year.
With Sherman no longer an option, the best names for the Saints to add before training camp kicks off are Steven Nelson and Brian Poole. Nelson spent the past two years with the Steelers and started 30 regular-season games in that span, proving he’s durable. Poole played for the Jets the past two years and is coming off an injury, which is why he’s still sitting on the free-agent market.
We’ll have to wait for more details to emerge with Sherman’s arrest but he should definitely be crossed off the Saints’ list as far as potential free agents go.