I’m not sure how he’ll feel about this but Richard Sherman was ranked as one of the best players over the age of 30 by a few writers from NFL.com. Sherman, 32, is coming off an All-Pro season, and enters the final season of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. There are several questions about whether this will be Sherm’s last year in the Bay Area. Out of the 30 players, Sherman ranked No. 16:
TB: Did you think Richard Sherman was donezo following his injury-shortened final season in Seattle and lackluster first year in San Francisco? Shame on you. Shame on me. Shame on us all. Sherman was the top-graded cornerback by PFF in both overall and coverage grades (minimum of 800 snaps) — yes, over Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore. He also ranked 11th in passer rating allowed (59.6) among DBs with 40-plus targets, per NGS, helping the top-ranked passing defense push San Francisco to Super Bowl LIV. Sure, he gave up a big play in The Big Game, but he’s not worrying about it, so why should you? After a little wobbliness, Sherman put himself on track to close his career as the elder statesman on a top contender.
Sherman wasn’t better than Gilmore, and that says more about PFF’s grading system. Still, to come back and play at the level he did after suffering an Achilles injury the season prior was nothing short of remarkable. Fans always remember the last thing they see, and that’s Sherman giving up a deep throw in the Super Bowl. Because of that, I’ve seen so much talk about how Sherman is “washed” or “doesn’t have it anymore.” Those are the statements that I’ll never understand. They ignore virtually everything else Sherman accomplished during the regular season.
Sherman was the highest-ranked cornerback on the list. I wonder how he feels about his buddy Bobby Wagner coming in a few spots ahead of him at No. 13. Also, I had no idea Julio Jones was 31-years old. Jones came in at second on the list, behind the Seahawks quarterback. Time flies, and hopefully, the regular season is here before we know it so we can get back to talking about...real football.