Let's ignore the dislike many Niners fans probably have for Sherman for a moment and explore the other question. The days of an Achilles tear being an immediate career-ender are long past, but for a cornerback who never had outstanding deep speed-and is less than three weeks from his 30th birthday-it's hard to think he'll be back to top form before the season starts.
Sherman turns 30 on March 30.
Making the move now allows Sherman - who is acting as his own agent - a head start on finding a new team ahead of the beginning of the new league year Wednesday, when players whose contracts run out will officially become free agents. He then had a separate surgery to clean bone spurs out of his left Achilles last month.
In seven seasons with the Seahawks, Sherman was named to four Pro Bowls and, always most importantly, an incredible three First-Team All-Pro selections.
According to somebody who was at the restaurant, Shanahan dined with Sherman and his wife at Nick's Next Door restaurant in Los Gatos tonight. Sherman expects to be ready for the regular season but could be limit in August for training camp and parts of the preseason. But some players, including former Panthers defenders Jon Beason and Charles Godfrey, needed two seasons before they returned to their pre-Achilles surgery form. The team would be best served to bring him back as a No. 3 cornerback, but they need someone to fill in the second starting spot with Conley in 2018.
While T.J. Carrie was the best cornerback the team had last season, he comes into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Saleh has implemented a defensive system that is similar to the Seahawks. He told SI.com's Albert Breer the Seahawks "wanted the financial flexibility going into free agency but expressed that they wanted me to return and will be in contact".
This doesn't mean the Pats won't get involved in the Sherman Sweepstakes.