SANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman’s sudden signing Saturday gives the 49ers their most accomplished cornerback since Deion Sanders in their last Super Bowl-winning season, way back in 1994.

Of course, Sherman’s All-Pro credentials often came at the 49ers’ expense as their arch enemy with the Seattle Seahawks the past seven seasons.

Health concerns about Sherman, who’s recovering from a ruptured Achilles, did not keep the 49ers from signing him to a three-year deal, a league source confirmed. ESPN first reported the deal.

After dining Friday night in Los Gatos with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, Sherman met further with team officials Saturday. The Raiders were among six other teams that showed interest in Sherman, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported. Also pursuing him were the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions, the latter of whom was supposed to host him next week, per NFL Media.

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Sherman, 29, was acting as his own agent, it’s believed.

“Thank you to everyone for the kind words. This is just another chapter in the journey,” Sherman tweeted earlier Saturday before his signing. “This will be an ongoing process and I am excited to take on this challenge.

“To the fans urging me to join your team, I am humbled but I can only look at the teams …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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