Richard Sherman announces he has signed with Buccaneers, former All-Pro joins Tom Brady in Tampa


Richard Sherman is heading for Tampa. The All-Pro triple corner announced on his podcast Wednesday he signed with the Buccaneers. It comes after Sherman’s visit to Tampa Bay – his first official free agent visit of the year – and was recruited by quarterback Tom Brady to join forces and help the team repeat their league title. of the Super Bowl. Following Sherman’s announcement, the team confirmed the signing via their social media. ESPN’s Adam Schefter also adds that this is a one-year contract for Sherman.

“I finally had enough conversations and decided I was going to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Sherman said. “I went with the best deal I had. The best opportunity to go out there and put some great gang (together), lead a great group. I feel comfortable and confident in my ability to go out there, execute and help this team win. … it was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. I weighed all the options with my wife and family and that ‘ is what we found. “

Sherman noted on his podcast that the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks had all shown some interest in bringing him on board, but he eventually came to the conclusion that the Buccaneers were the best. .

“Obviously they’re coming out of the Super Bowl,” Sherman said when asked why he decided to go with Tampa Bay. “They’ve made all of their starters. They’ve got a great veteran squad. Tons of talent. Obviously, with Tom Brady at the helm, you still have a chance. The elite get a corpse. And a great front seven. grizzly bear and a very talented fullback, so this is an opportunity – like I said – that I just couldn’t pass up. This is a proven team and I just need to go and to show that those legs still have juice. ”

Sherman also confirmed that Brady was a key element in getting him to sign with Tampa.

“He reached out his hand first just to see if I was in good shape,” Sherman said. “He and I have had a relationship over the years and he’s been a very – he’s a great guy.… We both thought it would be really cool if we got the chance to play together at some point. Obviously with our situations it didn’t seem likely at any point, but he reached out and said they could express their interest and obviously he wanted to play with me. Then their front office reached out. and the conversation started a few weeks ago when they lost [Sean Murphy-Bunting] and then it’s sort of steam rolled.

Sherman’s addition comes at a perfect time for a Buccaneers secondary who allows the most passing yards per game in the first three weeks of the season. Part of this is because the unit is playing with Sean Murphy-Bunting on IR with a dislocated elbow while Carlton Davis (hamstrings) and Jamel Dean (knee) also face injuries. As far as Dean is concerned, he would have avoided a serious knee injury after leaving Week 3 early, but his short-term availability is in doubt, which made Sherman’s pursuit all the more important.

The 33-year-old was last on the field with the San Francisco 49ers in the 2020 season. He was limited to just five games last year due to a calf injury, but had 18 tackles. and ripped off an interception.

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