Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman reached out to the Raiders about joining the team, but was told there was not enough cap room to compete for him.
The Oakland Raiders seemed to be in play when the Seattle Seahawks released Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman on Friday. With holes in the secondary, the Raiders are in need of some talent to put alongside Gareon Conley in the starting lineup at cornerback, but Sherman to the Raiders was not in the cards.
According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Sherman reached out to Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, who let him know there would be not enough cap room to compete for his services. So instead of coming to the Raiders, Sherman went to the other Bay Area team, signing a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
The deal for Sherman ended up being for three-years and worth $39 millions. Although initially reported as having a $5 million signing bonus, it is actually $3 million, with a $2 million roster bonus if he passes his physical prior to training camp.
Sherman is coming off a torn Achilles.
While the 49ers have been busy already this offseason, the Raiders have been a bit quiet. They did lock up defensive tackle Justin Ellis to a three-year deal, but other than that, they appear to be getting their ducks in a row.
Currently at the cornerback position, the Raiders have Conley and Sean Smith, who could wind up being a cap casualty, freeing up some much needed money for the team to bolster the roster. There is also the fact that they need to lock up Khalil Mack to a long-term deal, as he is currently the best defensive player in the NFL.
With free agency sure to be on fire this week, the Raiders will have to start throwing their hat in the ring at some of these cornerbacks available via free agency. They appeared to be a front-runner for Trumaine Johnson, the top free agent corner this offseason, but there are plenty of other options there if Johnson goes somewhere else.