Free agent Richard Sherman to meet with San Francisco 49ers today

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.

The first stop? The San Francisco 49ers. While that still leaves room for at least one veteran, it would be odd for Detroit to go for a big-money veteran cornerback when there are much bigger needs elsewhere.

Let's ignore the dislike many Niners fans probably have for Sherman for a moment and explore the other question.

Sherman, 29, is coming off a 2017 campaign that saw him miss seven games with an Achilles injury.

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. Smith, who caught Sherman's tip of a Colin Kaepernick pass for a game-clinching interception in the 2014 NFC title game, is under contract with the 49ers through 2021 after signing with them a year ago. And Schefter says it's possible that Sherman, who grew up in California, will stay in the area after his visit. But some players, including former Panthers defenders Jon Beason and Charles Godfrey, needed two seasons before they returned to their pre-Achilles surgery form. Sherman expects to be ready for the regular season but could be limit in August for training camp and parts of the preseason.

Will Richard Sherman's foray into free agency be brief?

Seattle also could re-sign Byron Maxwell, who returned to the Seahawks in November following Sherman's season-ending injury and started the rest of the way at left cornerback.

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

Sherman led the league in interceptions in 2013 and has been selected to the Pro Bowl four times.

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