Why are the Detroit Lions interested in Richard Sherman?

Raiders Baby Reggie awakens solicits CB Richard Sherman's services

It's also questionable when Sherman would actually be available to play. The free agent class of cornerbacks is loaded with talent, and the Raiders should make a push at not only Sherman, but also Trumaine Johnson and Malcolm Butler.

But maybe Detroit's "preliminary interest" in Sherman signals that they're about to be more active in the veteran cornerback market than we thought.

The Seahawks had wanted Sherman to stay in 2018, but due to concerns of his age (he turns 30 later this month) and his Achilles injury had recently approached him about restructuring his contract and taking a pay cut.

The release by the team announcing the move had "parted ways" with Sherman and referred to him as "no longer on the team" and didn't mention whether he could return.

Spending big on Sherman would leave the Panthers, who will be about $19 million below the cap when the Smith trade is official, with fewer resources to allocate toward the high-need positions of safety, edge rusher and receiver (still).

If healthy, Sherman, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who excels in physical man-to-man coverage, would be an ideal fit for the 49ers' 4-3 defense. He had surgery on his left Achilles to remove bone spurs in January.

The Colts may be looking for a number one cornerback in free agency. It's hard to say at this point what the Seahawks team will look like next year, though it's worth pointing out that Seattle still has Russell Wilson, and a franchise quarterback is a great starting point for any National Football League team looking to rebuild.

While T.J. Carrie was the best cornerback the team had last season, he comes into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

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