Buccaneers on the verge of signing another Hall of Fame player
By John Paul
It’s being reported that free agent cornerback Richard Sherman is visiting with the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today in hopes to come to a contract agreement with the reigning Super Bowl champs.
Since the beginning of the year, Sherman has been attached to multiple teams including the Bucs and division rival New Orleans Saints. However, Sherman was unable to come to an agreement with the Saints, and the Bucs seem to be primary option for him moving forward.
The Buccaneers appear to be clear on their intentions to sign Sherman as well. Everyone knew Tampa needed help in their secondary, and bringing Sherman in so soon after the loss was expected.
The contract negations seem to have only gotten more serious after the injury to starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting. That injury paired with the embarrassingly poor performance of the Bucs secondary all season, especially in the team’s loss to the Rams in Week 3, have to be putting the pressure on Licht to get a deal done.
The fact that Sherman is physically coming to Tampa to meet with Licht is a positive sign. At this point, it simply comes down to if they can iron out a deal, which seemed to be the purpose behind the Bucs restructuring Ali Marpet’s contract to free up cap space earlier this week.
The Bucs are in dire need of both a talent and morale boost in their secondary after three awful performances. Sherman was an All-Pro last time he played a full season in 2019 with the San Francisco 49ers, and although that may be a bit much to ask, he still undoubtedly has enough left in the tank to improve the secondary, which is preventing the Bucs from winning games as of now.
The Bucs are not hiding the ball that they’re trying to get a deal done, and it should be expected that they will move whatever mountains they have to in order to seal the deal with Sherman. With the offense and rushing defense playing exceptionally well so far, Licht knows that patching up the secondary as best he can is the only way the Bucs have a chance at a repeat of 2020.