Tampa Bay Buccaneers signs veteran cornerback Richard Sherman on Wednesday, per ESPN. Sherman, a future Hall of Famer, had been in talks with the Buccaneers for a few weeks. On his podcast, “The Richard Sherman Podcast,” he mentioned that several teams, including the 49ers, Seahawks, and Panthers, showed interest in his skills and what he could bring to their respective teams.
“I chose the best offer I had, the finest opportunity to showcase my skills and lead another team,” Sherman stated. “I have faith in my abilities to perform, contribute, and assist the team in achieving victories.”
Sherman spoke about Tom Brady reaching out as well to assure him signing with the Bucs.
“He’s the all-time great quarterback reaching out, and anytime he makes that call, it’s a very difficult opportunity to pass up,” Sherman said.
Sherman believes he needs time to prepare to get back in “game-shape” at minimum a week or two before he is ready to suit back up and produce at the level the world is used to, per ESPN.
Richard Sherman value to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sherman joining the Bucs will place him on his third NFL team in his career. He was with the 49ers for three seasons and spent the first seven years of his career with the Seahawks. Sherman isn’t getting any younger, he’s 33 years of age and still has performed at a high value. He’s past his prime but he can still provide experience in one of the league’s youngest defensive backfields. He’s always been a sure tackler and a physical corner which the Bucs are in desperate need of.
The Bucs have been dealing with the injury bug for some time now. Their best corner Sean Murphy-Bunting placed on the injured reserve with a dislocated right elbow. Along with Jamel Dean their third cornerback who left the Los Angeles Rams game with a knee injury.