The Packers should bring Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman has been a name that has been overlooked this offseason, and it’s hard to see why. Luckily for the Green Bay Packers, he would be perfect to play alongside Jaire Alexander, who could use help from a veteran in front of him.
First of all, Sherman is not as old as you might think. He’s only 33, which might sound bad up front, but you have to watch his last full season of play to really assess him. Two years ago, he helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, posting three interceptions and 61 combined tackles. He was a vital part of a Niners team that ultimately lost to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s had a great year in 2019, especially considering how Sherman’s stats, and every cornerback in the NFL, are impacted by the modern NFL.
Often, teams will avoid throwing towards the upper corner of the opposing defense. In Super Bowl XLIX, Sherman was targeted once during the game’s first assist. Even if you’re unimpressed with his three interceptions at 33, the fact that teams have been ditching Sherman for years is proof that he’s a valuable asset.
So why the Packers? Well, first of all, even though he’s playing on the defensive end of the ball, this great free agent’s landing could help ease the tension between Aaron Rodgers and the front office. It’s no secret that Rodgers is frustrated, and Sherman’s signing could be a sufficiently substantial free agent signing that could cause Rodgers to reconsider his views on the organization.
Not only could singing Sherman be great for Rodgers, it could also help bolster a defense that was struggling to cover passes. Green Bay was seventh in the league, allowing an average of 220.1 yards per game. But don’t let this statistic fool you. Pass coverage failed to come into play in the times when they needed it most.
This might be the obvious example, but let’s take a look back at the 2021 NFC Championship game. We all know what happened to Kevin King, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receivers continued to make big plays in the game. the times the defense needed to step up. Adding a veteran to that defense could prevent those sudden meltdowns and add that clutch factor to the defense.
In case you don’t remember, Sherman is quite poignant.
The Packers certainly missed that in the NFC Championship.
Not only would Sherman add to the overall defensive performance, but he would also add to the movie theater and help develop young players. I’m sure first-round draft pick Eric Stokes would love to pick one of the best brain corners of the 2010s. While this is often overlooked due to Rodgers’ age, the Packers were the fifth-strongest team. young last year. Adding someone who has been in the NFL since 2011 would be huge in developing a young team.
And his name doesn’t mean he’ll demand a salary Green Bay can’t afford. Usually cornerbacks over 30 and after a late season injury don’t get a big paycheck. It would be perfect for a team like the Packers who have struggled with the cap for years now.
Not only would signing Sherman be cheap, it would also be incredibly low risk. With the price Sherman would likely be signed to, that wouldn’t match his cap, which could be elite corner play. And at worst, you would still get an above average cornerback who would essentially be a coach on the pitch. There is virtually no risk in this move; all he can do is benefit the Packers.
While it’s rare for the Packers to sign a high profile free agent, Rodgers’ situation has led to unpredictable times for the organization. Not only would this move show Rodgers they are listening, but it would also help strengthen a young defense that has struggled in key moments. Maybe if Sherman can add the clutch factor, maybe we’ll see Green Bay deliver in the times they failed last season.