Richard Sherman is heading to Tampa. The three-time All-Professional nook introduced on his podcast on Wednesday morning that he has signed with the Buccaneers. This comes after Sherman visited with Tampa Bay — his first official free agent go to of the yr — and was recruited by quarterback Tom Brady to affix forces and assist the staff repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions. Following Sherman’s announcement, the staff confirmed the signing by their social media channels. ESPN’s Adam Schefter additionally provides that it’s a one-year deal for Sherman.
“I lastly had sufficient conversations and got here to a call that I will go play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Sherman stated. “I went with one of the best supply I had. The most effective alternative to go on the market and put some nice tape (collectively), to steer an ideal group. I really feel snug and assured in my talents to go on the market and execute and assist that staff win. … This was a possibility I could not cross up. I weighed all of the choices with my spouse and my household and that is what we got here up with.”
Sherman famous on his podcast that the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, and Seattle Seahawks all confirmed some curiosity in bringing him aboard however he in the end got here to the conclusion that the Buccaneers had been one of the best.
“Clearly, they’re coming off the Tremendous Bowl,” Sherman stated when requested why he determined to go along with Tampa Bay. “They returned all their starters. They’ve an ideal veteran staff. Tons of expertise. Clearly, with Tom Brady on the helm, you at all times have an opportunity. Elite receiving corpse. And an ideal grizzly entrance seven and a really gifted again finish, so it is a possibility — like I stated — I could not cross up. It is a confirmed staff and I simply must go in there and present that these legs nonetheless obtained some juice.”
Sherman additionally confirmed that Brady was a key piece to getting him to signal with Tampa.
“He reached out initially simply to see if I used to be in form,” Sherman stated. “He and I’ve had a relationship over time and he is been very — he is an ideal man. … We each thought it will be actually cool if we obtained the chance to play collectively in some unspecified time in the future in time. Clearly, with our conditions, it did not appear probably at any time limit, however he reached out and stated they could categorical curiosity and, clearly, he wished to play with me. Then their entrance workplace reached out and the dialog began just a few weeks in the past after they misplaced [Sean Murphy-Bunting] after which it form of steamrolled.
The addition of Sherman comes at a really perfect time for a Buccaneers secondary that’s permitting probably the most passing yards per recreation by the primary three weeks of the season. That is partially as a result of unit being gamed up with Sean Murphy-Bunting on IR with a dislocated elbow whereas Carlton Davis (hamstring) and Jamel Dean (knee) additionally coping with accidents. Because it pertains to Dean, he reportedly averted a critical knee harm after exiting Week 3 early, however his availability within the quick time period is unsure, which made the pursuit of Sherman all of the extra vital.
The 33-year-old was final on the sector with the San Francisco 49ers in the course of the 2020 season. He was restricted to only 5 video games performed final yr as a consequence of a calf harm, however totaled 18 tackles and snatched an interception.