They almost certainly aren’t done adding to the position that last year contributed to allowing a Total QBR of 87 last season, second-worst in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information. At the NFL scouting combine, Lynch said it didn’t take a “savant” to see the team’s need at the position.
Once healthy, Sherman will be expected to start opposite Ahkello Witherspoon in the Niners’ Cover 3 defense. That scheme is similar to the one Seattle has run for many years and though the Seahawks have become a bit more diverse defensively in recent years, it’s still the foundation of what they’ve done.
As a bridge quarterback, Taylor is a massive upgrade on AJ McCarron, who seemed like an obvious target in free agency after the Browns tried to trade for him last season. Taylor is under contract for $16 million in 2018 before his contract automatically voids, so this will likely be a one-year deal if the Browns draft a quarterback. If he succeeds, the Browns shouldn’t have much trouble signing the 28-year-old to an extension during the season.
The latest: Cordy Glenn is headed to Cincy. Before that it was Richard Sherman, Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Aqib Talib, Michael Bennett, and others on the move. Bill Barnwell evaluates every big move of the offseason.
On Saturday, Sherman met with more of the 49ers brass, including Lynch and Marathe. Included in the visit was a series of medical tests intended to give the Niners a better idea of how far along Sherman was in his recovery from not only the right Achilles injury but also from a more recent and minor surgery to clean up bone spurs in his left ankle/heel.
Ultimately, it became clear to Sherman that his best fit would be with his once-hated rival in San Francisco, a fit Sherman attributed to many things, including a desire to stay on the West Coast, the presence of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Shanahan’s offensive scheme and, of course, the chance to play the Seahawks twice a year.
“Neither side really wanted to walk away without a deal because we felt like there was a great relationship and great understanding and something that both sides would benefit from,” he said on the conference call. “And we came to an agreement. It was awesome.”