Richard Sherman thanks fans for support after release

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Sherman is scheduled to meet Saturday with 49ers officials, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The All-Pro and Pro Bowl cornerback has spent his entire career in Seattle after his selection in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. We love you and your unwavering competitiveness, confidence and fierce passion for football and life. has Seattle at just under $31 million for 2018 after Friday. The 49ers have over $60 million in salary cap space after re-signing six players this offseason, including Sherman's former Seahawks teammate Cassius Marsh, a defensive end.

Ten months after spoiling the 49ers' Super Bowl quest, Sherman ruined their Thanksgiving. The team explored trades but nothing materialized.

So while some Lions fans are hoping what could be with Sherman possibly coming here, others want to avoid the risk.

Sherman's release was a cost-cutting move.

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He ranks fourth in team history in interceptions with 32 behind only Dave Brown (50), Eugene Robinson (42) and John Harris (41). Sherman is also somewhat familiar with the scheme run by 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Sherman is obviously familiar with the Bay Area, having played five years at Stanford.

Sherman had surgery to fix his right Achilles in November. Sherman expects to be ready for the regular season but could be limit in August for training camp and parts of the preseason.

If his recovery is going well they will try to get a contract done. Condotta says that the team was interested in trying to get Sherman to agree to a pay cut but that he "balked" at such a proposal. "Looking for somewhere I will be comfortable". Sherman calls his free agency an "ongoing process".

The Seahawks could also re-sign DeShawn Shead, who like Maxwell is also an unrestricted free agent. He joined the Packers' medical staff previous year. The team would be best served to bring him back as a No. 3 cornerback, but they need someone to fill in the second starting spot with Conley in 2018.