Almost as fast as Jason Verrett’s knee was officially diagnosed as a torn ACL, people began calling for the 49ers to sign free agent defensive back Richard Sherman. Kyle Shanahan later revealed that he had already been talking to Sherman about that possibility, as did Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians earlier this week. Yesterday, Touchdown Wire released an interview with Richard Sherman where he explained why he deserves another shot in the NFL.
“I’ve got a decade worth of résumé that should stand more firmly than a momentary lapse in judgment. I’ve got a decade of character and tape to be judged off of. If you’re judging me off of a momentary lapse, I’m probably not the player for you either way.”
The “momentary lapse,” as Sherman put it, was a July incident with his wife’s family that resulted in five misdemeanor charges, including DUI and trespassing with a domestic violence element.
(For clarity, the police have said that the domestic violence component of the charge is because of his relation to the occupants of the residence where the incident took place and not because he assaulted anyone he lives with.)
Sherman also said his legal case won’t be resolved until after the season and that he hasn’t heard from the NFL about potential discipline for that incident.
He added that he’s in the best physical condition he’s been in since before he injured his Achilles tendon in 2017. As he put it, “Football is one of those things you can do in your sleep. I can wake up out of bed and be really good at football.”