Top 5 landing spots for former Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman 49ers and Falcons two clubs that could have plenty to offer Sherman By ARTHUR ARKUSHMarch 9, 2018 The Seattle Seahawks are moving on from one of the franchise's most important players, Richard Sherman, who's been notified of his impending release.The Seattle Seahawks are moving on from one of the franchise's most important players, Richard Sherman, who's been notified of his impending release. Sherman, who turns 30 in less than three weeks, might be the best corner of his generation. The four-time All-Pro and Super Bowl XLVIII champion's boisterous, ball-hawking, balls-to-the-wall play style made him a fan favorite and formidable foe. But Sherman's $13.2 million cap charge in 2018 and health after a ruptured Achilles in Week 10 snapped his streak of 116 consecutive appearances to begin his career signaled the end of his wildly successful and colorful Seahawks tenure. Sherman, who'll represent himself in his first trip into NFL free agency, should have suitors despite undergoing surgeries on both Achilles tendons this offseason. He told NFL Media's Tom Pelissero he'll prioritize finding somewhere that's "comfortable" with a "great fit" and "great quarterback." With those parameters in mind, Pro Football Weekly picks the top-five fits for Sherman's landing spot.5. Atlanta Falcons Sherman's former coordinator, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, isn't desperate for corners like some of the other teams on this list. Nonetheless, few coaches create a better environment for their players, and Matt Ryan is two years removed from league MVP honors. The competitive Sherman would get to battle Julio Jones in practice every day and would line up alongside another stud, Desmond Trufant, and the underrated Robert Alford on a pass 'D' that finished 10th in yards per play but 30th in interception percentage.4. Houston Texans Sherman raved about Deshaun Watson following one of the 2017 season's most riveting contests — Seahawks 41, Texans 38 in Week 8, when Watson exchanged haymakers on the road with Russell Wilson after nearly besting Tom Brady in his second-ever road start one month earlier. The Texans failed to replace A.J. Bouye as the banged-up pass 'D' disintegrated last season, and their top corner, Johnathan Joseph, is a soon-to-be 34-year-old free agent, while their 2015 first-rounder Kevin Johnson remains a question mark because of injuries whose fifth-year option decision looms. Houston is loaded with cap space (nearly $63 million, per spotrac), not draft picks (they're missing their first- and second-rounder thanks to the Watson and Brock Osweiler trades), and making an aggressive play for Sherman to line up behind potentially the NFL's best front seven makes perfect sense.3. Dallas Cowboys Kris Richard, Sherman's defense coordinator the past three seasons, is the new passing game coordinator in Dallas, where the Cowboys have a lot of young and unproven defensive backs. They also have a young and dynamic quarterback looking for a big Year Three rebound and an offensive line and running game that might make Sherman reminisce about how life used to be in Seattle. Jerry Jones doesn't have much cap flexibility — roughly $3 million after Demarcus Lawrence's franchise tag and Benson Mayowa's release — but a certain wideout whom Sherman has shut down could soon be cut in a move that would net Dallas up to an additional $12.5 million. Sherman could aid in disappointing former first-rounder Byron Jones' move to corner, not to mention in helping to develop a quartet of sophomore defensive backs. Sherman's brash personality would also fit right into the Cowboys locker room and his style of play seemingly meshes well with Rod Marinelli's scheme.2. New England Patriots Remember, Bill Belichick sought another former Legion of Boomer to help him secure Super Bowl No. 4 in Foxboro. Brandon Browner was coming off a down year in Seattle and facing a four-game suspension to begin the 2014 campaign when Belichick paired him with Darrelle Revis to create what was then the NFL's best man-cover combo. The Patriots re-signing Super Bowl exile Malcolm Butler would qualify as the offseason's biggest upset, unlike luring Sherman, which would continue Belichick's annual method of attempting to turn other club's trash into the Patriots' treasure. And after the dumpster fire that was the New England 'D' in Super Bowl LII, suffice to say Belichick, with roughly $21 million in cap space, will be on the treasure hunt. Comfortable environment: check. Great quarterback: check. History of exactly these kind of moves: check. A long and athletic No. 1 on the opposite perimeter who could take a little bit of heat off Sherman as he attempts to regain his footing: check. Plus, Sherman could ask Tom Brady, "are you mad, bro?" on a daily basis.1. San Francisco 49ers Sherman played college ball in the backyard of the Niners facility and stadium at Stanford. He played under Robert Saleh, the 49ers' defensive coordinator who was a quality control coach in Seattle from 2011-13. Sherman has been on the other side of what was one of the NFL's better rivalries and might be interested in attempting to rekindle it in enemy territory. Jimmy Garoppolo certainly looked the part in going 5-0 as the Niners starter down the stretch last season. With Kyle Shanahan and Garoppolo entering Year Two, it says here the Niners' offense will be just fine. But the defense, where Ahkello Witherspoon is penciled in as CB1? It needs a lot of work, and the Niners have more cap room to work with than all but five NFL clubs. They're expected to aggressively attack rebuilding the 'D,' and could splurge a bit to bring Sherman back to his college stomping grounds. Plus, reports indicate the Niners were interested in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib before another rival, the division champ Rams, closed the deal with both veteran corners. Sherman would be a high-risk, high-reward consolation prize.