Richard Sherman to visit with the Lions


With Seattle set to release Richard Sherman on Friday in a move that will save the Seahawks $11 million in cash and cap space, it's worth asking: Should the Panthers consider signing the four-time Pro Bowler?

His first stop is Santa Clara, Calif., and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Saturday that it could very well be his only visit with the expectation the 49ers are ready to write a check if Sherman's surgically repaired Achilles passes inspection. He was released by the team on Friday. Health will surely play a role in the type of contract Sherman receives in free agency.

According to another report, the 49ers aren't the only team interested in Sherman.

Richard Sherman is spending his first day as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers.

However, this isn't a done deal as Sherman is coming off of two surgeries on a torn Achilles tendon - which happened just in November - and it is now unknown what type of an asking price Sherman is presenting. Or perhaps it's Sherman, a rangy 6-foot-3 cornerback who looks to recapture his top form after tearing his right Achilles tendon in November. On Friday, Sherman told ESPN's Josina Anderson he will be back running on the treadmill next week.

If he joined the 49ers, Sherman would also be reunited with his partner for one of the most famous plays in Seattle sports history - Malcolm Smith.

Sherman was part of five Seahawks playoff teams, appeared in two Super Bowls, and helped Seattle win Super Bowl XLVIII. His 32 interceptions in that span are first among National Football League players, as are his 99 passes defended, according to the NFL.