Kyle Shanahan on 49ers Not Signing Richard Sherman: 'It Just Wasn't The Right Timing'

Doric SamSeptember 29, 2021

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 07: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to facing the Buffalo Bills at State Farm Stadium on December 07, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers are dealing with multiple injuries at the cornerback position, but they chose not to sign Richard Sherman, who played for the team from 2018-20.

Sherman signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, ending his seven-month free agency after San Francisco released him in February.

Despite the need to fill some holes at the position, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Wednesday "it just wasn't the right timing" for the team to bring back the five-time Pro Bowler.

The 49ers have already lost starting corner Jason Verrett for the remainder of the season after he suffered a torn ACL in Week 1. K'Waun Williams is expected to miss some time with a calf strain. Josh Norman spent a night in the hospital after suffering a chest injury this past Sunday, but he hopes to play in Week 4.

Shanahan told reporters that 49ers general manager John Lynch has been in contact with Sherman throughout the season, and they were hoping he would be available later in the season when the timing would be better for the team. He added that he believes Sherman wouldn't have been ready to step in right away.

"I think he needs a couple of weeks to get ready, at least a week," Shanahan said. "And there's contract things that go into it also. You've got to plan out everything ... but we would love to have Richard here. But it makes sense why he went to Tampa."

Sherman is currently facing five misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence and criminal trespass, after he allegedly crashed his car into a highway construction site and attempted to break into his in-laws' home in Washington in July.

Sherman, 33, reportedly chose to sign with Tampa Bay over the Seattle Seahawks after a pitch from Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and the coaching staff. 

Tampa Bay placed starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting on short-term injured reserve after Week 1. The Buccaneers rank last in the NFL in passing defense, giving up 338.3 yards per game. The addition of Sherman, a three-time first-team All-Pro selection, should help the defensive backfield improve.