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The 49ers need cornerback help, and Richard Sherman certainly brings knowledge of the defense.

The free agency negotiation period begins on Monday, but the Seattle decision to release Richard Sherman on Friday means he can begin negotiating with teams immediately. And it appears he is starting with the San Francisco 49ers.

Reports are out Sherman has received preliminary interest from the 49ers, Titans, Lions, Raiders, Texans, Bears, Buccaneers, and Packers.


Sherman tore his Achilles on November 9. The timing would potentially have him ready in time for the start of training camp, although given his age, the 49ers (or any other team) might be inclined to bring him along slowly. An Achilles tear can be a brutal injury, and his age will be something to factor in as he recovers from the injury. Michael Crabtree bounced back from his Achilles tear, but it took some time. NaVorro Bowman returned to action from his, but he appeared a step slower and was eventually released by the 49ers.

The 49ers have a big need at cornerback. Sherman has the experience in Robert Saleh’s style of defense, and of course brings some serious swagger to the table. Some are already questioning any decision to bring him on board, but given that this would be a short term deal, it is worth looking into. I would not expect significant guarantees in any contract offer, so why not take a look?



Veteran running back Matt Forte announced his retirement Wednesday after 10 seasons, clearing more cap space for the Jets in the run-up to a critical free agency period.

The 32-year-old Forte, hobbled by knee issues last season, opted to call it a career before the Jets would have parted ways with him. The Jets, who will clear an additional $3 million with Forte out of the mix, are expected to have more than $90 million of cap space, especially with Mo Wilkerson freeing up more money with his being cut.

Forte rushed for a career-low 381 yards last season. He had 1,194 rushing yards and 67 receptions for 556 yards in two seasons with the NY Jets.

Forte was one of the league’s best dual-threat backs in eight seasons with the Bears. The two-time Pro Bowler ran for 9,796 yards and 54 touchdowns, while also adding 4,672 receiving yards and 21 touchdown receptions during his career.


The Bears on Tuesday informed inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman his contract will be terminated.

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With the start of the new league year — and free agency — slated for March 14, it’s the first of what is expected to be a series of moves by the Bears as general manager Ryan Pacepositions the club for what will be an interesting player-acquisition period.

The Bears already were flush with salary-cap room — they ranked 11th in the league before the move, with 51 players under contract and roughly $39.7 million in available room, an impossible figure to nail down with the exact number not yet announced.

Now, they have more room. But this and future moves aren’t about cap space; they’re about roster fits and production.

Freeman, 31, suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the season-opening loss to the Falcons in September, which shut him down for the year. Later, he was suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, his second suspension in as many seasons.

Signed to a three-year, $12 million contract in 2016, he was due to earn $3.5 million. Releasing him will clear $3.5 million in cap space. Freeman made 86 tackles and defended four passes in 2016.

While it’s highly unlikely the Bears will move on from all of the roster-bubble veterans, certainly more moves will follow as they shape their personnel for new coach Matt Nagy and his staff.



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