Jon Gruden to Richard Sherman: We’re looking for an alpha presence in secondary

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An appearance on podcast may have gotten the ball rolling on free agency for the Raiders.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was a guest on The Cris Collinsworth Podcast, which is co-hosted by impending free agent cornerback Richard Sherman. During the conversation, Gruden suggested that the Raiders could have a spot on their defense for the veteran.

“Richard Sherman, if you are a free agent, which there is a rumor you are, we are looking for an alpha presence in our secondary,” Gruden said, via “Somebody that could play this Hawk 3-press technique with the read step. If you’re available and interested, maybe you and I can get together at some point off-air.”

Sherman agreed that there’s “a conversation to be had” and teams can officially contact players in Sherman’s position two days ahead of the March 17 start to the new league year. Until then, Gruden can discuss Sherman with new Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley since Bradley coached Sherman with the Seahawks earlier in the corner’s career.

16 responses to “Jon Gruden to Richard Sherman: We’re looking for an alpha presence in secondary

  1. Gruden worked in the media for many years. He’s been in lots of production meetings. He knows how to put on a good show for the audience. Anyone who’s ever seen one of his broadcasts, knows that Jon likes to hand out high praise and compliments to players and coaches. So if you were thinking one of his compliments was going to lead to him signing a player, the league would have to expand the roster size to 200 players.

  2. Richard Sherman is three years past his prime? He’s not “alpha” anything anymore.

    Watching John Gruedeun fail is so much fun. Didja see the last 4 or 5 Raider games? HOO-FAH!!! (His picks, too.)

  3. Please no. Sherman has lost a step or 2 and demands top dollar.
    Just not worth the investment, unless he plays for league minimum, which I doubt.

  4. Better tell Marky Mark to hit the leather Chucky! Sherm will want a no-incentive 5-7 mill 2-year year deal. He matches up well against the receivers in the AFC West, namely Hill and Allen LOLOLOL

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