San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman has said that it would take a miracle for him to sign a new contract with the team and stay in Bay Area for the next season. Sherman, who played for the Seattle Seahawks between 2011 and 2017, has been a Niner since 2018 and the organization has nothing but respect for the former Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowl cornerback.
The NFL's salary cap is expected to drop and around 40 Niners are slated to reach some sort of free agency. Re-signing linebacker Fred Warner and left tackle Trent Williams will be the Niners' offseason priority.
"If there's some miracle that happens, then sure there's an opening," Sherman said, per ESPN. "But there's 40 free agents and they'll probably have $30 million or less in cap and they have got to bring back Trent, who costs over $20 million.
They have to pay Fred, who costs $18 million-plus a year. So anybody who knows the situation understands that."
The Niners would like to keep Sherman
Sherman, who spent seven season with the Seahawks before signing with the Niners, was once considered as one of the best cornerbacks in the league.
Though he is now 32 and past his prime, Sherman can still perform at a solid level and Niners head coach Mike Shanahan would love to have Sherman on the roster next year as well. "Sherm's a guy that I know I personally, and I know [general manager] John [Lynch] feels the same [that] we want on our team at all times," Shanahan said.
"Sherm's a guy that when he does get older and he does descend, he's such a good football player, he finds a way. I understand his contract issue this year. I understand there's a number of guys on our team with that this year, but whoever can help us win football games, our guys are trying to figure out how to bring [them] back, especially guys who do it the right way.
"Sherm is as good as anyone in those categories. Now, there's lots of stuff that go into it at the end of the year and how we're going to balance all this out and wait to figure out what the salary cap is and stuff with what happens, but I know Sherm's time here, he's been everything we've hoped and more. And I really hope that these next whatever games we have left, I really hope that's not the end of it."