Richard Sherman says he’s not likely to return to the 49ers in 2021

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San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman is set to become a free agent in March, and he thinks he’s unlikely to return to the 49ers.

Sherman said he would like to stay but thinks the numbers probably won’t work out with the 49ers, who will have a lot of free agents who will need to either be extended or replaced.

“I’ve enjoyed my time,” Sherman told “I’ve loved every moment of it. And I wish we could continue it for a couple more years, but it’s not looking likely.”

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said last week that he hopes Sherman will be back, and Sherman says he likes playing in San Francisco. But he still doesn’t think it’s going to work out.

“We’ve had brief conversations,” Sherman said. “I think that there’s obviously a want from both sides to come back and make this work. Unfortunately, I don’t know that the circumstances will allow it. That’s the sad, sad truth. It’s one of those years where it’s not from anybody’s fault that it may not work out. And it will be a sad parting because I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I’ve enjoyed this team. I have brothers on this team, and I think we still have work to do. But I don’t know that the circumstances will allow it.”

11 responses to “Richard Sherman says he’s not likely to return to the 49ers in 2021

  1. He should come back to Seattle and the Hawks should let Shaq Griffen walk as he’ll want a lot of $. Replace Griffen with DJ Reed who is a budding star.

  2. He lost out on all his bonus money this year cuz he got hurt so he wants to find someone who will pay him whether he plays or not.

  3. It’s amazing to me that as good as he was, he entered the league after Tom Brady had played a full decade with 3 titles already, immaturely trash talked him after a regular season upset of the Patriots (Brady didn’t verbally retaliate at all), lost to Brady and the Pats in a legendary Super Bowl (graciously extending his hand to congratulate him—he learned to have a bit of respect by then) and ultimately, still will retire before Brady does. During that whole time, one of the more polarizing personalities in the league. At his best, you couldn’t throw to his side of the field.

    He’ll get consideration for the Hall.

  4. Truth is he’s getting older and he still views himself as a top tier CB. He’s not. He can beat deep very easily and unless the defense accounts for his lost step then they will get torched by speedy receivers. In the right scheme, 2 years 12M would be doable but no more than that as you are only paying for his leadership at this point.

  5. He would be great back in Seattle…..but he scorched the whole organization in his exiting wake.

  6. Something tells me he’s going to be in for a big surprise at the offers he’s going to get, especially with the cap dropping next year. Aging veterans like this will be unsigned.

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