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Richard Sherman hasn’t ruled out return to 49ers

Apr 30, 2021 at 3:49 PM--


Cornerback Richard Sherman remains available. The free agent doesn't know what his NFL future holds, has had teams reach out to him, and hasn't even ruled out a possible return to the San Francisco 49ers.

"Obviously, a return to San Francisco isn't out of the cards," Sherman told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. "I've had conversations with Seattle. I've had conversations with the Saints, the Raiders, and we've just got to wait to see how things play out."

Things are on pause until the draft is complete. Sherman doesn't expect to see the interest increase until after that, as NFL teams look to add younger defenders on rookie contracts.

The 49ers could select a cornerback on Day 2 of the draft, which kicks off in minutes.

"I have to wait through this draft process," Sherman said. "Obviously, the first round, a lot of teams got corners. Some teams didn't get the corners they wanted. I think once this draft process completes, my phone will ring a little more with people who expected to get a guy and who didn't get the guy they wanted. I'm not as in control as I was.

"At 33, it doesn't matter what you put on tape. Father Time is undefeated, so (teams say), 'We're going to go with the young guy.' It doesn't matter what accolades you have, what you put on tape, the numbers. It's just age sometimes, and so I've just got to continue to stay in shape, continue to stay ready."

Sherman, 33, spent the past three seasons with San Francisco. He is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro.

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