Lions had significant interest in Richard Sherman

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The full slate of teams with genuine interest in cornerback Richard Sherman isn’t known. The Lions, we’re told, were definitely one of them.

Per a league source, the Lions was strongly motivated to pursue Sherman, who signed with the 49ers only one day after being cut by the Seahawks.

It’s unclear whether the Lions would have offered Sherman more than the 49ers offered. Some think Sherman should have taken the visit to Detroit, if only to leverage the 49ers into doing a better deal.

Of course, it’s possible that the 49ers told Sherman that, if he moved on to a Detroit visit, the 49ers would have moved on to another option. It’s a tactic commonly used by teams in the early stages of free agency, and it’s often not a bluff.

Still, the circumstances suggest that Sherman, who is recovering from surgery on both Achilles tendons, opted for a quick bird in the hand from a team that directly competes with the team that cut him. It’s possible, then, that emotion played a role in the decision-making process. Given that Sherman has opted to proceed without an agent, there was no one in a position of real influence and experience who would have been in position to credibly and persuasively get him to let things play out a little more slowly.

Arguably, it could have been better to wait until teams that hope to secure a starting-caliber cornerback in free agency fail to do so. It could have been better to wait until after the dust settles on the draft. It could have been better to do a one-term deal, giving Sherman a chance to re-establish himself and hit the market, possibly at 100 percent health.

Given the speed with which events unfolded, it’s hard to believe that he got the best deal he possibly could have negotiated. Soon, when the full details emerge, the true value of the deal he negotiated with the 49ers will be known.

28 responses to “Lions had significant interest in Richard Sherman

  1. Patricia is new, he’ll get the hang of it, sometimes you are better
    off on things that didn’t happen. I hope he makes the lions
    contenders in that division.

  2. The Lions will be fine without him. I have to believe they were looking at him as a safety. He might be a very good safety, even with the previous achilles issues.

  3. askeddie11 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm
    Patricia is new, he’ll get the hang of it, sometimes you are better
    off on things that didn’t happen. I hope he makes the lions
    contenders in that division.

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    We’re contenders in the NFC North pretty much every year. Unfortunately Aaron Rodgers plays on another team in the same division

  4. If he didn’t get an offer from a west coast team, he likely would have considered Detroit or other teams that showed interest. But he’s got a chance to be in California playing for an up-and-coming team that runs the same defensive schemes he’s played. And, he gets to play his old team twice a year, so that’s a bonus.

  5. Before you hate, remember we have one playoff win in 61 YEARS and 0-16 season in the books… says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    Obviously, that secondary has always and still is atrocious.

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    Almost as atrocious as the fact that you’ve created at least four accounts on this website for the sole purpose of hating on the Lions. You seemed obsessed they must really be in your head

  6. Hitch yourself to Garoppolo, who shows great promise and is just getting started, or to Stafford, who’s been around forever and hasn’t won anything, but it’s not his fault.

    Easy call.

  7. Money aside; he chose on location, location and location. It’s a sure bet he is happy right now and will be jacked up when next the 49’rs and Seahawks meet. Doesn’t hurt the Division rivalry either. Good for everyone.

  8. Also heard the Lions have had significant interest in not being irrelevant anymore…but look how well that’s gone.

  9. Sherman as a safety? Uh no the dude is a cornerback and I have a hard time thinking he will ever make the switch especially in an era where youncant just slide a slow corner into the safety spot and think that’s going to work fine. That worked great when QBs whereby throwing most every down.

    And if his Achilles remains an issue it’s going to be an issue at any position. If it’s gonna go it’s gonna go it’s not just an ailment to manage.

  10. Florio, you do realize that the very threat of a meeting with the Lions was actually The Leverage, right? You make it sound like he would have actually had to meet with the lines to get Leverage when the obvious answer is that the threat of meeting with another team was probably to get the 49ers to raise their offer. Cannot believe I actually have to point this out.

  11. “Given the speed with which events unfolded, it’s hard to believe that he got the best deal he possibly could have negotiated.”

    Sherman has already made over 48 million. Once you have that much money some people are no longer motivated to maximize every last dollar they could earn, they want to do something they enjoy.

    With Sherman, who is very emotional as you pointed out, getting paid well by a team that’s going to heavily compete with his old one would likely be more appealing than making another million or two someone else.

  12. spartanlegend says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    We’re contenders in the NFC North pretty much every year. Unfortunately Aaron Rodgers plays on another team in the same division

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    You are now 3rd in your division behind GB and the Vikings, It’s a good thing Trubisky
    is in your division. And who know maybe the Bears step up, ok that’s not reality.

  13. Prob had nothing negative to do with the Lions – bet he just wanted to play for the Niners.

  14. spartanlegend says:
    March 11, 2018 at 2:03 pm
    Before you hate, remember we have one playoff win in 61 YEARS and 0-16 season in the books… says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    Obviously, that secondary has always and still is atrocious.

    ===================================

    Almost as atrocious as the fact that you’ve created at least four accounts on this website for the sole purpose of hating on the Lions. You seemed obsessed they must really be in your head

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    I use the same name every time. The only person here that changes their name is you because you need to continually hide the shame of always being wrong about how “good” the Lions are.

    One playoff win in 61 years and this hyzers stoner thinks the Lions are contenders!

    LoLions!!

  15. “We’re contenders in the NFC North pretty much every year. Unfortunately Aaron Rodgers plays on another team in the same division”

    I’m really not trying to talk trash, but that excuse doesn’t hold water when the Vikings won the division in two of the last three seasons.

  16. TheWizard says:
    March 11, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    Hitch yourself to Garoppolo, who shows great promise and is just getting started, or to Stafford, who’s been around forever and hasn’t won anything, but it’s not his fault.

    Easy call.

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    Actually it’s more basic than that: where do I want to live….Detroit or Santa Clara….hmmmmm…..I’ll take the offer

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    March 11, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    49ers have a leader in Garoppolo, the Lions with Stafford not so much.

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    What about your Jets? They have been pretty much rudderless since the late 60s

  18. He might not have gotten the best deal he could have. But he might have gotten the deal he wanted. Location, location, location. Premier QB (I still don’t think the Lions are going anywhere with Stafford). A defensive scheme he likes, who knows? But it isn’t all about the money. In fact for some of us it isn’t about the money at all. So to characterize that he could have gotten a “better deal” mean you know where he places value. It might be he got just the value he wanted.

    And like Frazier28/7 said – Cali or Detroit? That might be worth giving up a few million up front. I’ve lived in Detroit. I don’t like Cali, but he is from there. but if I had to choose I’d give up some bucks too.

  19. No one can read the future. Speculating that Sherman “could” have gotten a better deal is just that, speculation. Sherman took the “bird in the hand” that a smart injured 30 year old CB should take…$5M signing bonus – CHECK! Never pass up the money…that buys a lot of recovery time and its guaranteed. Good for you RS!

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