With Bashaud Breeland signing with the Vikings, should the Chiefs add a veteran leader/talent and probable future HOFer in Richard Sherman?
Hello again everyone and welcome to another week of the ArrowChop! This is the column where we look at the positives/negatives of a certain Chiefs/NFL issue and look at both sides of the aisle. Then you, the readers, will come to your conclusions after I lay out the case. So sit back, relax, and enjoy as we break down this week’s hot topic.
With OTAs underway, the NFL season is inching closer each day. The offseason is closing its doors soon, and there are still many big-name veterans that haven’t signed to a team yet. These names include but are not limited to Sheldon Richardson, Melvin Ingram, Justin Houston, and Morgan Moses. There is still one name in the free agency pool that the Chiefs could sign.
After the loss of Bashaud Breeland to the Vikings, the Chiefs could sign Richard Sherman, a former cornerback for the Seahawks and 49ers and one of the main trio of the Legion of Boom. The question remains is should the Chiefs bring him on board? Let’s break down both sides of the aisle to find out:
The Chiefs should sign Sherman
This side believes so as such:
For starters, Sherman is an outstanding cornerback overall. Let’s see, a five-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All-Pro CB, a one-time Super Bowl champion, and a member of the HOF 2010s team are outstanding numbers on their own. He has also compiled 115 pass deflections, 36 INTs, five forced fumbles, and 484 total tackles. He’s a proven leader that can rally a team if need be and has shown to be a future HOF. Who wouldn’t like someone like that on their team?
Secondly, age hasn’t been a factor towards him in the latter of his career. In 2019 at age 31, Sherman proved to analysts and fans alike, by achieving 61 total tackles (48 solo), 11 pass deflections, two tackles for a loss, three interceptions for 65 yards, and one pick-six in 15 games. He earned Pro Bowl honors that year. That is pretty good for a 31-year-old CB.
Finally, the Chiefs could sign him with the cap space they have. With the 49ers, Sherman was on three years, $27.15 million deal, earning $7.5 million average in base salary over the past two years. The Chiefs have an estimated $8.288 million left in cap space; they could sign him to a one-year deal worth seven million, with a decent chunk of the money coming from incentives. He would immediately bolster the Chiefs’ secondary, adding yet another All-Pro talent to the roster.
The Chiefs shouldn’t sign Sherman
This side believes so as such:
Firstly, while age isn’t a concern, injuries are of concern for Richard Sherman. In 2020, Sherman suffered a calf injury against the Arizona Cardinals that landed him on Injury Reserve for quite a while. While he did come back and played four more games (Weeks 11-14), it is still a worry for the aging CB. Fans wouldn’t want to see him get signed and then hurt himself again in Week 1.
Moreover, after he came back from injury in 2020, he played horrendously in those four games previously mentioned. Here’s the stat line:
- @ LAR: Six targets, five catches, 40 yards, 83.3 completion %, one int
- VS BUF: Seven targets, five catches, 69 yards, two TDS, 71.4 completion %
- VS WAS: Six targets, two completions, 24 yards, 33.3% completion percentage
- @ DAL: Six targets, six receptions, 44 yards, two TDs, 100 completion %
You could argue the Rams game, but with the horrible showing in the Bills and Cowboys games, it isn’t a surprise he hasn’t been resigned. His injury affected his coverage skills, and it shows in the stat sheet. He even sat the last two games of the season.
Secondly, the Chiefs do not require another CB at this very moment. Veach and the Chiefs traded with the Minnesota Vikings for former first-round pick Mike Hughes and a 2022 seventh-round pick for a 2022 sixth-round draft pick. Hughes was hit by an injury bug early, landing on IR in his first three years in the league. He has talent but must truly improve his coverage as he allowed above a 60% completion percentage in his first three seasons. It’s a low-risk, high reward type trade.
You also mustn’t forget the Chiefs have L’Jarius Sneed and Charvarius Ward on each side of the field, respectfully. They also have solid depth with Rashad Fenton and DeAndre Baker. It looks like the Chiefs don’t really need to spend that money on a corner at this very moment.
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