The veteran cornerback has agreed to a three-year deal with the 49ers worth $39 million (including a $5 million signing bonus), NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The team confirmed the move Sunday.
Sherman was released by the Seattle Seahawks earlier in the week after the team decided it wanted to give the veteran an early start on free agency. The defensive back has been among the league’s best for the last five years, becoming a lockdown defender and face of Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary. He’s been as excellent as he’s been topical, boisterous on the field (backed up by his play) and outspoken off it.
Once Santana and Hughes return, a Berrios-Santana-Odorizzi-Hughes-Gibson rotation in midseason should be enough to contend for the playoffs, aided by a bullpen greatly strengthened by general manager Thad Levine’s offseason moves.
Minnesota’s offense will try to build upon breakout seasons from several of its young players. In addition to second baseman Brian Dozier’s 34-homer season, third baseman Miguel Sano — still just 24 years old — hit a career-high 28 home runs with 77 RBIs in just 484 plate appearances, but the beginning of his season is in doubt with an MLB assault investigation looming.
With the Giants clipping Wing, his release should generate some buzz among teams searching for a punter in free agency.
Here are some other free agency moves we’ve been monitoring:
1. Former Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson , fresh off visits with the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints earlier this week, visited with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. He’s scheduled to visit with the Washington Redskins next.
2. The Atlanta Falconsre-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year contract extension. Selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft , Wreh-Wilson has 91 combined tackles, 15 passes defense and an interception.
3. Defensive end Kerry Hyder , whose 2017 season was wiped out by a torn Achilles tendon in the preseason, has re-signed with the Detroit Lions , the team announced Saturday. Hyder was slated to become a exclusive rights free agent. Terms of the deal were not announced. In other Lions news, the team also re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach .