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Author: Jon Kuzma
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After being released yesterday it appears the San Francisco 49ers are the front-runner to land former Seahawks stand out Richard Sherman. Sherman is 29 years old and could have several good seasons left in him especially when you consider Minnesota’s Terrence Newman is still playing at the age of 38. Even though Sherman was injured last year and finished up 2017 on injured reserve. That doesn’t mean the veteran defensive back can’t bounce back from those medical concerns. One big advantage Sherman might have is going to a new team. By joining a new organization like the 49ers the former Stanford alum will have a chance to become reinvigorated. Sometimes a change of scenery can be healthy and remember Sherman is from California (Compton). After spending the last several years in Washington it might be good to go back to his home state and San Francisco is only 37 miles away from Stanford. Sherman has a lot of connections in the area so it’s not like he’ll be completely out of his comfort zone. It seems like Seattle was becoming a stale situation for players like Michael Bennet, Earl Thomas, and Sherman so it was the right time for Pete Carroll to shake things up. Richard Sherman also has 32 interceptions over his several NFL seasons which makes it obvious he has a knack for forcing turnovers. San Francisco could really benefit from those abilities and it will be all about regaining his top form. Everything else is in the past, the only thing that matters is being able to produce for your new team. Whether that’s the 49ers, Chargers, or Raiders it doesn’t matter just go out there and make plays. It takes 100% focus and a drive that’s on another level to succeed in this league. The most interceptions Sherman ever had in a season was 8 therefore a good goal for 2018 would be 5 INTS. That’s a realistic bar to set coming back from an injury. It would also be significant contribution for the team that ends up signing Richard Sherman.
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