Even if Sherman does not sign with the 49ers immediately it seems pretty clear a return to the Seahawks on a lesser deal than he had isn't first on Sherman's agenda. Or perhaps it's Sherman, a rangy 6-foot-3 cornerback who looks to recapture his top form after tearing his right Achilles tendon in November.
Thomas Davis may have provided a clue to how he feels when the Panthers' veteran linebacker posted a picture on Instagram of him and Sherman together on Friday.
The level of interest from the Texans, as well as Sherman's interest in joining a team owned by Bob McNair, remains unknown.
One of the most accomplished cornerbacks of his generation, Sherman made four Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All-Pro three times during his seven seasons with the Seahawks, who drafted him in the fifth round out of Stanford in 2011.
"I plan on playing five or six more years whether it's here or elsewhere", Sherman said. He then had a separate surgery to clean bone spurs out of his left Achilles last month.
Asked by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network on Friday what he wants out of a new team, Sherman said: "Looking for a great fit". This will be an ongoing process and I am excited to take on this challenge.
Can you imagine Richard Sherman and Darius Slay as the Detroit Lions starting cornerbacks? 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.