Richard Sherman to meet with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Matt Johnson

Coming off an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman could be taking the first step towards a huge move.

Days before the Buccaneers face the New England Patriots, the first duel between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the franchise will host Sherman for a meeting and potential workout.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, Sherman is headed to Tampa Bay for a visit with the team. The Buccaneers are in the market for an upgrade at cornerback and there is strong mutual interest between the two sides.

Sherman, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was one of the top free-agent talents available this offseason. The 33-year-old cornerback missed 11 games last season with the San Francisco 49ers but was effective in coverage when healthy.

  • Richard Sherman stats (2019): 11 pass deflections, three interceptions in 15 games

Pro Football Focus credited him with a 67.2 coverage grade last season, allowing just a 69.5 passer rating when targeted. A year prior, Sherman graded as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL (90.1) with only 27 receptions allowed in 552 coverage snaps.

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Many expected Sherman to sign with a team during training camp. However, the NFL star was arrested for domestic violence in July and is facing five misdemeanor charges. Sherman’s family shared it was a mental-health issue as the cornerback was dealing with significant depression for months.

Sherman is now back in playing shape and is reportedly attending therapy regularly. He has been in contact with NFL teams in recent weeks, with the Buccaneers among several contenders interested in him.

Given the Bucs remain the favorites to win the Super Bowl, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the two sides agree to a deal.