Richard Sherman is pessimistic about returning to the San Francisco 49ers in 2021, conceding a “miracle” is needed to re-sign with the NFL franchise.
49ers cornerback and Super Bowl champion Sherman is poised to become a free agent at the end of the season, having joined San Francisco in 2018.
Sherman, who won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks, returned to form last year – the five-time Pro Bowler earned second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honours as the 49ers won the NFC Championship but lost in the showpiece.
However, the 32-year-old star is aware the 2020 season could be his third and final with the 49ers.
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“I know the salary cap deal firsthand from dealing with the P.A. and the league,” Sherman, who returned in Week 12 after a calf injury had sidelined him since the opening round, said on Thursday. “And I know [the 49ers’] salary cap situation because I’ve been in direct communication.
“Like I said when I had the conversation [with the 49ers], if there’s some miracle that happens, then sure there’s an opening.
“But there are 40 free agents, and they’ll probably have $30million or less in cap space.
“They have to bring back Trent [Williams] who costs more than $20m [per season]. They have to pay Fred [Warner] who will cost $18m-plus per year. So, anybody who knows the situation understands that.”
Sherman has made three appearances this season as last season’s Super Bowl runners-up the 49ers sit bottom of the NFC West with a 5-7 record.