Las Vegas Raiders Free Agency Preview: Richard Sherman

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman could serve both as an immediate upgrade and mentor to the young members of the Las Vegas Raiders secondary

We’ve gone over many different players that the Las Vegas Raiders could add to help improve the team heading into the 2021 NFL season.

We’ll be taking a short break from prospect previews to preview prospective free agents that the Raiders could target.

That starts with one of the most accomplished cornerbacks of the last decade, Richard Sherman.

The lead personality for the Seattle Seahawks Legion of Boom defense in the early to mid-2010s, there isn’t much Sherman hasn’t accomplished.

In his decade-long NFL career, Sherman has accumulated 36 interceptions, 115 pass breakups, and 484 tackles.

He’s also a three-time First-Team All-Pro, two-time second-team member, a five-time Pro Bowler, and a Super Bowl champion.

Of course, it’s not about what Sherman has done, but what he could bring to the Raiders as a free agent addition.

Sherman (33) did say previously that he planned on playing only two more seasons.

The age might not be an issue based on what he showed with the San Francisco 49ers the last three years.

Sherman did admittedly struggle with injuries in two of his last three seasons.

When he was fully healthy in 2019, however, he had a rating of 90.3 from Pro Football Focus (PFF), good enough to be their No. 1 cornerback for that season.

Even when he was hurt in 2018 and last year, he didn’t rank any lower than 49th, still providing above-average play.

For a Raiders secondary that has gifted but inexperienced corners like Damon Arnette and Trayvon Mullen, Sherman could be a great veteran addition who could push them to the next level.

Not to mention, he would be a good short-term upgrade playing in the defense he thrived in when new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was his coach in Seattle.

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