San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman spoke the media on Thursday and touched on about every topic you could imagine. Sherman said he picks tight end George Kittle’s brain to get inside his mind and see what tight ends are thinking. He also had powerful words on racism and why sitting out of football games won’t solve anything. Sherman somehow had a rant about serotonin, because why not?
The moment that caught everyone off guard happened when Sherman talked about his future. Sherman said his wife told him he’s only allowed to play three more seasons. Sherm said, “If the good San Francisco 49ers would love to keep me on their ballclub, I’d love to be here. After that, then I’m going to go to the booth,” hinting at a future broadcasting career and acknowledging that his wife won’t allow him to call the shots after three years. NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco said that Sherman told him in 2018 that ESPN offered Sherman a job as an analyst, which isn’t surprising considering Sherman’s wealth of knowledge, both on and off the field.
Sherman was asked if he’s been in any contract negotiations with the team, as he’s an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season. That question is a bit tricky as Sherman is his own agent. He said both sides have engaged in preliminary contract talks so Sherman can remain in Scarlet and Gold beyond 2020, but his focus is on the season: “But, obviously, when you’re representing yourself, you kind of having to focus on the season when the season comes.”
How much longer does Sherman have? Well, based on his words, he won’t be calling it quits any time soon:
“I feel like once it’s impossible, you got to hang the cleats up, and you got to be done. Because there’s a certain standard you have for yourself, and there’s a certain standard I play at, and there’s a certain expectation I have for myself.”
An ideal scenario would be for the 49ers to win the Super Bowl this season, and Sherman could ride off into the sunset on his terms as he goes out on top. That has to be every player’s dream. If that were to happen, it wouldn’t be long before we saw Sherman in the broadcast booth. How would you feel about Sherman calling primetime games? I’d love it, but I know there would be inevitable tangents. I don’t mind those, though.