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Making the case against Richard Sherman on the Jets via free agency

By Luis Tirado Jr.
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 24: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before an NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 24, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 24: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before an NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 24, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Cornerback Richard Sherman is set to hit the free agency market as it’s best the New York Jets stay far away from him.

After a long and championship career with the Seattle Seahawks, the team has decided to part ways with cornerback Richard Sherman. Whether it’s the decline in his play, age (30-years-old towards the end of March), or the fact that he’s coming off a major injury (ruptured Achilles), Sherman might be hit with a dose of reality that not many teams will be rushing to acquire his services. Hopefully, the New York Jets are one of them that stay far away from him in free agency.

At the end of the day, teams also know he’s a fierce competitor and at one point in his career was considered one of the best cornerbacks playing. Times have changed and now he finds himself removed from the team he helped put on the map just a few years ago.

It’s expected that Sherman will be looking for a decent sized contract but just wouldn’t make sense for the Jets in the grand scheme of things. The Jets are rebuilding towards a brighter future with young players and bringing in Sherman would take away reps from those that need them to develop properly.

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It’s never a good idea to bring aboard a player that is not only coming off a serious injury that will inhibit his ability to get the job done but also a player just because of their name. Sherman was quite popular over the years as he was a big part of that famous “Legion of Boom” secondary with the Seahawks but again, that was then and this is now.

Sherman is not the same player he once was and to sign him just for his past achievements is a dumb move to make. Last year with the Seahawks was his worst statistical year yet and of course, he missed a lot of time due to his ruptured Achilles injury.

The Jets are a team on the rise as they should stay the course and not entertain ideas of signing players past their prime. They would be better off either bringing back cornerback Morris Claiborne or even selecting one in this year’s draft to bolster their defensive secondary. Sherman isn’t the answer and was released by the Seahawks for a reason. It’s best the Jets continue with their rebuild the right way and not waste any money or time with players that are aging, coming off a serious injury, or could be just a band-aid for a short period of time and not anything worth keeping long-term.

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