Chicago Bears should sign this best-remaining free agent on the market
With the NFL Draft completed, rookie camps completed, and offseason practices underway, there are still players that could tie up some loose ends. If I were Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears, Richard Sherman would be considered the best free agent left on the market.
I don’t say that because of talent, though there is an argument for that, I say it because of the hole at cornerback since Kyle Fuller was let go and soon picked up by the Denver Broncos. Since then, the Chicago Bears lack that true number one corner.
Is Richard Sherman the missing piece of the Chicago Bears defense?
Earlier this offseason, the Bears had to let Kyle Fuller go. Since then, there has been an obvious need for someone to fill his metaphorically big shoes at corner. While Jaylon Johnson is a very solid, young corner, I think even he’d admit that he’s not Kyle Fuller– at least not yet.
Ryan Pace cleaned up some of the mess by signing former Falcon and Lion Desmond Trufant and drafting Oregon Duck Thomas Graham Jr., but they still need that No. 1 corner that the team can have guard their opponent’s best guy. And with what’s available, that’s Richard Sherman.
Now, is Richard Sherman the same Richard Sherman that he was with the Legion of Boom? No, and that’s not much of a debate, especially after his recent run-in with injuries. Even with the fact that Sherman’s dealt with a few injuries in the last couple of years, he could still hop into a handful of defenses in the league and be their immediate CB1.
One of which is the Chicago Bears.
An aspect of Sherman’s game that makes him so entertaining for fans is his ability to back up his trash-talking. While Bears fans have an unfortunate memory of recent trash-talking not being backed up, a sense of swagger on the defense could pair well with an offense that seems to be building a young core of weapons.
The biggest question mark is will the Chicago Bears be able to afford a 33-year-old corner in Richard Sherman? And that answer is dependent on different variables. The Chicago Bears would need to make some roster moves to get cap space in order to do it, but I think there are some players on this team that could move over for Richard Sherman.
In a perfect world, I see the addition of Richard Sherman giving the 2021 roster a better chance at being a contender than the 2018 roster. It’s unknown when FIelds will suit up, but even with Andy Dalton having the weapons the Bears offense does right now, there’s serious potential when, or if, a corner like Richard Sherman joins the Monsters of Midway.
It’s all speculation at this point, but with the potential that the Chicago Bears seem to be building in Halas Hall, the dollar amount could trend down to get free agents to join in on the action.