Richard Sherman to visit with the Lions

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The Richard Sherman free agency tour officially got off to a hot start on Saturday with the former Seahawks cornerback taking a visit to San Francisco less than 24 hours after he was officially released. The free agent class of cornerbacks is loaded with talent, and the Raiders should make a push at not only Sherman, but also Trumaine Johnson and Malcolm Butler.

Sherman was vocal in his desire to wanting to play for a contending team, and the 49ers are certainly that after finding their franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo last season.

Sherman, who turns 30 later this month, was released after seven seasons in Seattle.

Still, the Patriots would be well-served to explore the possibility of bringing Sherman into the fold. Or perhaps it's Sherman, a rangy 6-foot-3 cornerback who looks to recapture his top form after tearing his right Achilles tendon in November.

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Sherman was part of five Seahawks playoff teams, appeared in two Super Bowls, and helped Seattle win Super Bowl XLVIII. He had surgery on his left Achilles to remove bone spurs in January.

Apparently, at least one other team has "reached out" as NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting the cornerback will be meeting with the Lions next week.

Sherman, a Stanford graduate, comes with health concerns, and a trip to his alma mater is likely in store for him Saturday for an exam with the 49ers medical staff. He joined the Packers' medical staff previous year. Niners general manager John Lynch has plenty of salary-cap space to potentially sign Sherman - roughly $70 million, according to Over The Cap.

And while that money means the Seahawks can be more active in free agency they also will need to use a significant portion of that money to re-sign some of their own players - free safety Earl Thomas is increasingly expected to get an extension prior to the 2018 season.