Richard Sherman Doesn’t Expect To Be Back With 49ers In 2021

Richard Sherman is in the final year of his deal with the 49ers, and he doesn’t expect to be back next year.

Sherman, who represents himself, told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area that he’s had discussions with the team but the numbers probably won’t work out for him to return.

“We’ve had brief conversations,” Sherman said. “I think that there’s obviously a want from both sides to come back and make this work. Unfortunately, I don’t know that the circumstances will allow it.

“That’s the sad, sad truth. It’s one of those years where it’s not from anybody’s fault that it may not work out. And it will be a sad parting because I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I’ve enjoyed this team. I have brothers on this team, and I think we still have work to do. But I don’t know that the circumstances will allow it.”

The 49ers have a long list of players in the final year of their deals including Sherman, Trent Williams, Kyle Juszczyk, Kerry Hyder, Jason Verrett and Solomon Thomas, among others. 

“There are a ton of guys that need to be paid and are coming up,” Sherman said. “Fred Warner is coming up. There are, like, 40 free agents who need to be re-signed. At the end of the day, they have to do what’s best for the majority, for the team. And I got to understand that. And so the numbers are adding up to that I won’t be here, unless something miraculous happens, which would be really cool.”

San Francisco is projected to have around $22.6 million in cap space, per Over the Cap.

“I’ve enjoyed my time,” Sherman said. “I’ve loved every moment of it. And I wish we could continue it for a couple more years, but it’s not looking likely.”

Sherman signed a 3-year deal with San Francisco after being cut by Seattle in 2018. He has started 31 games, recorded 88 tackles, 16 passes defended, four interceptions, and a sack. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan said last week that he hopes Sherman will be back.

“I know Sherm’s time here, he’s been everything we’ve hoped and more. And I really hope that these next whatever games we have left, I really hope that’s not the end of it,” Shanahan said.

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