Could Richard Sherman's Legal Issues Influence the Saints to Sign a Veteran Cornerback?

The Richard Sherman legal situation could move the New Orleans Saints to sign one of the available veteran free-agent cornerbacks.
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The Richard Sherman legal situation could move the New Orleans Saints to sign one of the available veteran free-agent cornerbacks.   

Adam Schefter reports Sherman was "booked at the Seattle Correctional Facility for burglary domestic violence, per King County records." He was denied bail in the matter, which is considered a felony and occurred at 6:08 AM PT on Wednesday.

GM Mickey Loomis expressed an interest in adding a veteran cornerback in a NFL XMRadio interview.  The Saints' secondary features veterans Marshon Lattimore, Patrick Robinson, P.J. Williams, Ken Crawley, Grant Harley, second-year player Keith Washington.  Rookies Paulson Adebo, Bryce Thompson, Lawrence Woods, and Deuce Wallace will battle for roster spots during the 2021 Saints Training Camp.

Former 2017 first-round pick Marshon Lattimore is handling pending legal issues from a March arrest in Cleveland, Ohio. Lattimore was charged with a 'fourth-degree felony of receiving a stolen firearm" in Cuyahoga County Court Common Pleas Court - a $5,000 bond was set in the case.

The NFL has not officially made a statement on Lattimore's pending legal situation.

Ryan Ramczyk's contract extension helped to increase the Saints cap space to $11,379,424.   

VETERAN CORNERBACK SUPPLY AND DEMAND JUST INCREASED

Spotrac projected Richard Sherman's market value at 2 yrs, $19,989,060.  Sherman's price tag may have made it too expensive for the Saints before his current legal problems.

Currently, the Saints have several options remaining in free agency at cornerback. Dre Kirkpatrick, 31, visited New Orleans and left without a contract offer.   His 2020 compensation with the Arizona Cardinals was $1,050,000. 

Gareon Conley is another Ohio State alum to pair with Lattimore, like they did with Eli Apple.  He has youth on his side at 26.  Conley's 2020 base salary was $1,892,376 with the Houston Texans.  If the Saints should sign him, SNN's John Hendrix called it a "low-risk, high-reward" type of deal.  

Former Steelers Steven Nelson (28), Jags D.J. Hayden (31), and Josh Norman (34) could be cornerback options at an affordable price range for New Orleans to consider.

Kirkpatrick's and Conley's market value is higher as a result of Sherman's arrest. 

It wouldn't be surprising if New Orleans becomes extremely decisive and quickly sign a veteran cornerback to a 1 to 3 year contract before the start of training camp on July 27.

We shall see.


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