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Author: Jon Kuzma
John Lynch signed Richard Sherman to a 3 year $27M dollar contract last Spring but Lynch was smart enough to leave himself an out after one year. One look at the that deal makes it’s clear that San Francisco should exercise that option because if they don’t they’ll take a cap hit of $19.8M over the next two years. With Sherman failing to produce a single interception it’s clear that his age is starting to catch up to him. Lynch can finish paying off Sherman’s initial $8M, let him go, and only have $2M dollars in dead cap. That’s $17M in cash that can be used to get two or three good players. Why go with Sherman when you could sign Tre Boston, Morris Claibourne, and Bashaud Breeland which would completely revamp their secondary. Not only that but the 49ers could offer all three of those players more money than they made in 2018 just off what they would be paying Richard Sherman. Oh yea by the way Boston, Claibourne, and Breeland had 7 interceptions this season and that’s clearly where Lynch should turn all of his attention to. For Sherman he’s going to have to find another spot to play. Maybe if he’s lucky San Francisco will keep him around but it’s not very likely. So he could also hit the open market and truthfully there might not be a whole lot of suitors out there. You’d think that someone would give Sherman another opportunity but he’ll have to put together a strong performance to extend his career. It’s not impossible and if there’s anything to be optimistic about it’s the fact that Sherman will have another year to recover from that achilles tear. Sometimes when you’re coming back from an injury like that it takes two or three seasons to get back up to speed. The good news is veterans reinvigorate themselves all the time and that’s what Sherman’s goal will have to be.
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Richard Sherman will be on the bubble because his contract is too big.