Lions had a significant interest in Richard Sherman
The complete slate of groups with real curiosity in cornerback Richard Sherman isn’t identified. The Lions, we’re instructed, have been undoubtedly one among them.
Per a league supply, the Lions was strongly motivated to pursue Sherman, who signed with the 49ers solely in the future after being lower by the Seahawks.
It’s unclear whether or not the Lions would have supplied Sherman greater than the 49ers supplied. Some suppose Sherman ought to have taken the go to to Detroit, if solely to leverage the 49ers into doing a greater deal.
After all, it’s potential that the 49ers instructed Sherman that, if he moved on to a Detroit go to, the 49ers would have moved on to a different possibility. It’s a tactic generally utilized by groups within the early levels of free company, and it’s usually not a bluff.
Nonetheless, the circumstances recommend that Sherman, who’s recovering from surgical procedure on each Achilles tendons, opted for a fast fowl within the hand from a group that immediately competes with the group that lower him. It’s potential, then, that emotion performed a job within the decision-making course of. Provided that Sherman has opted to proceed with out an agent, there was nobody ready of actual affect and expertise who would have been in place to credibly and persuasively get him to let issues play out a bit of extra slowly.
Arguably, it might have been higher to attend till groups that hope to safe a starting-caliber cornerback in free company fail to take action. It might have been higher to attend till after the mud settles on the draft. It might have been higher to do a one-term deal, giving Sherman an opportunity to re-establish himself and hit the market, probably at 100 p.c well being.
Given the pace with which occasions unfolded, it’s arduous to imagine that he received the perfect deal he probably might have negotiated. Quickly, when the total particulars emerge, the true worth of the deal he negotiated with the 49ers will probably be identified.