Richard Sherman is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, consistent with Richard Sherman. The veteran cornerback announced on The Richard Sherman Podcast on Wednesday morning that he’s joining the Buccaneers. “I finally had enough conversations and came to a choice that I’m getting to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Woo!” Sherman said. “All the craziness then all the hate and every one the tweets, then everybody’s mad because I didn’t attend their team. I’m sorry.”
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Sherman signed a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. The deal includes $500,000 guaranteed, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero added. The Bucs later announced Sherman’s signing and placed wide receiver Scotty Miller (turf toe) on injured reserve to form room for Sherman on the 53-man roster. Sherman visited the CB-needy Bucs on Tuesday after garnering interest from several clubs the past few weeks. In announcing his choice, Sherman mentioned he’d had conversations with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks about potential reunions and had also received interest from the Carolina Panthers.
“I went with the simplest offer I had, the simplest opportunity to travel out there and put some great tape on, to steer another group,” Sherman said on his podcast. “I feel comfortable and assured in my abilities to travel out there and execute and help that team win. This was a chance I could not pass up, and that I weighed all the choices with my wife and family, and this is often what we came up with, so I’m able to strap them copy and leave there and show that these old legs still got some juice.”Joining the Bucs makes perfect sense for Sherman, who can chase another Super Bowl ring alongside Tom Brady, rather than competing against the G.O.A.T. Brady actively recruited Sherman, the simplest veteran CB still remaining on the market.
During a Wednesday news conference, Sherman said Brady told him, “‘You better come or you are going to regret not coming,'” NFL Network’s Sara Walsh reported. Sherman has addressed an ongoing legal situation this offseason, stemming from a July incident that led to his arrest on five misdemeanor charges — including driving under the influence and second-degree criminal trespass — after he crashed his SUV during a construction zone and later tried to force his way into a family member’s home.
Since the arrest, Sherman has been in therapy and is reportedly in great shape, losing 15 pounds this offseason. When healthy, the 33-year-old has shown he can still play at a high level. Sherman played only five games in 2020 thanks to injury. But in 2019, he was a professional Bowler and therefore the fourth-rated corner overall by Pro Football Focus. Sherman might not deduct a whole side of the sector as he famously did during his Seattle heyday, but he’s still a really good corner when healthy and in shape.
To get a five-time Pro Bowler at now may be a coup for the Bucs, who are riddled with injury. Sean Murphy-Bunting (elbow) went down early in Week 1. Jamel Dean hurt his knee in Week 3, and though the CB avoided a big injury, he’s expected to miss a few weeks. And Carlton Davis has been on the injury report with abdomen and rib issues.
In Sunday’s loss to the Rams, the Bucs needed special teamer Dee Delaney (who’d played four total snaps on defense in his career) for 51 plays. So, yeah, calling Sherman an upgrade is an irony . Bucs coach Bruce Arians said it’s unlikely that the three-time All-Pro would be able to take the sector for Tampa Bay this weekend versus the Patriots, though Sherman wouldn’t rule it out. “In my mind, I always think there is a chance, but I do not call the shots around here,” Sherman said. “I’m literally learning the plays on the sector today.”