CB Sherman to meet with 49ers

CB Sherman to meet with 49ers

A day after he was released by the Seahawks, Sherman, 29, will make his first free-agent visit to the 49ers today and if it goes well there's a "real chance" he won't explore preliminary interest he's received from the Raiders and at least five other teams, ESPN reported.

Thomas Davis may have provided a clue to how he feels when the Panthers' veteran linebacker posted a picture on Instagram of him and Sherman together on Friday.

Sherman, taken in the fifth round out of Stanford in 2011, became a starter six games into his rookie season and was rarely off the field for the Seahawks until suffering a torn Achilles tendon against Arizona on November 9, teaming with free safety Earl Thomas and strong safety Kam Chancellor to form the core of a secondary that would soon become known as the Legion of Boom and within two years helped lead the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl.

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Of course, this is all dependent on Sherman actually leaving Northern California without a contract.

Sherman also would be in a similar defense - San Francisco's defensive coordinator is Robert Saleh, who was a defensive quality control coach with the Seahawks from 2011-13 and has installed a scheme similar to that run by Pete Carroll in Seattle. He's expected to resume running in April or May. If he can return to form he is still one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Others never regained their full speed or explosiveness. Condotta says that the team was interested in trying to get Sherman to agree to a pay cut but that he "balked" at such a proposal.

Sherman isn't necessarily done in Seattle. Seattle also traded defensive end Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles - the deal isn't official until March 14, when the new league year begins - and are reportedly all ears if teams want to blow them away with a trade offer for safety Earl Thomas.