Will the Cardinals regret not signing All-Pro CB Richard Sherman?

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Richard Sherman
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Richard Sherman /

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman recently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Would he have been a good fit for the Arizona Cardinals?

For the last 10 years, Richard Sherman has been a thorn in the side of the Arizona Cardinals. During Sherman’s tenure’s with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, the veteran corner went up against the Cardinals 18 times and he accumulated a total of 22 pass breakups and seven interceptions in these matchups.

Now at 33-years-old, he is not the All-Pro cornerback he once was during his days as a member of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom”. But he still has enough left in the tank to help a potential contender get over the hump.

Sherman was a free agent this year and adding him to Arizona’s secondary would’ve helped improve an area of the team’s defense that still has a bunch of uncertainty around it. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, he recently decided to sign with the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Will not signing Richard Sherman come back to haunt the Arizona Cardinals?

Several other teams reportedly had interest in adding Sherman to their roster this year, including his two former teams, Seattle and San Francisco. But in the end, the five-time Pro Bowl corner decided to join the Bucs and Tom Brady.

During the months prior to Sherman signing with Tampa Bay, Arizona was never really mentioned as a team that was interested in his services for the 2021 season.

It’s possible that the Cardinals made a call earlier this offseason to see what his price tag was. But none of the reports discussing the teams that had a legitimate interest in signing Sherman ever included Arizona.

It’s a little odd that the Cardinals weren’t at least in the mix, considering his extensive experience in the NFC West, and the fact that Arizona’s cornerback depth isn’t the greatest this season.

The Cardinals might feel good about the guys at the top of their corner depth chart. But if someone like Byron Murphy or Robert Alford gets hurt, the talent level of Arizona’s cornerback group goes down significantly.

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Will adding someone like Sherman come back to bite the Cardinals later on this season? It could, but Arizona is currently banking on that not being the case.