Richard Sherman’s Fit With Bucs

September 30th, 2021

Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman.

Joe never thought of it this way, but new Bucs corner Richard Sherman ought to fit right in.

Yesterday, former NFL players Pat McAfee and A.J. Hawk were discussing the Bucs signing the veteran corner for $2.5 million (what a bargain!).

McAfee thought it was a win-win move for all parties. For Sherman, for the Bucs and for the NFL.

“The league is better off with him in it,” McAfee said.

Both McAfee and Hawk admitted they weren’t even sure Sherman would be play this year, in the wake of his hassle with cops in July.

“I bet the Buccaneers are the perfect place for him to land,” McAfee said. “There is a bunch of vets down there. It’s kind of like a retirement home down there. Guys are just on their way. ‘Hey, we’re going to win. That’s all we’re going to do. We’re going to win a bunch and have a good time not paying state taxes.'”

Joe hadn’t thought of the veterans’ element. But yeah, it fits. Sherman on the same team with foot-rubbing, car-littering, film guru Rob Gronkowski, furniture-tossing, bicycle-throwing Antonio Brown, Jason Pierre-Paul, Ndamukong Suh, Lavonte David and yes, of course, Tom Brady.

Sherman can relate to those guys and those guys can relate to him. They’ve been through many years of NFL and many share the same experiences, peaks and valleys along the way. And there is a kinship of respect among top-shelf players.

You can see and hear McAfee and Hawk banter about the Bucs and Sherman in the video below.

38 Responses to “Richard Sherman’s Fit With Bucs”

  1. Baby Grace Says:

    “Bucs signing the veteran corner for $2.5 million (what a bargain!).”

    I hope so, but how does anyone know for sure? No training camp, hasn’t played a down of football for a year, 33 years old, how quickly can he learn a new scheme and terminology and other things. Is it a bargain or a farce? With our back end in the shape it is we need him to be a bargain (BIG TIME)!!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I agree….he’ll be a welcome sight to that group of young secondary players…..some vet leadership is certainly needed. Not to mention making opposing quarterbacks at least think before throwing it his way.

  3. 163doubleplay Says:

    I’m excited to see him play in a Bucs jersey. I hope he can contribute in making the Bucs another SB contender.

  4. Razor Ramone Says:

    2.5 mil? Wow. And that’s a cool Chuck Berry shirt Hawk is wearing.

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    I said he’d get $3m max, you don’t even know if the guy can still play or not. I hope, I really do hope, any questions about his playing ability are put to rest early. The last thing I want to see is receivers running by him like he’s MJ Stewart (ie, the slow version of Ryan Smith). Obviously Sherman is 100000x better than MJ, but the point is if you can’t run, you can’t play corner.

    Obviously the team knows this, it’s not like what I’m saying is original, so I assume in the workout they did, they had him run with someone, or at least clocked him. Well, unless it was just a signing to make Brady happy — which I’m absolutely OK with (you do anything Brady wants at this point), but also means Brady will need to put up even more points.

  6. crazybucs_CL Says:

    @“Richard Sherman’s Fit With Bucs”
    at this point ANY CB fits with Bucs…. not that we were any better at the beginning of the season.. but now… boy o boy terrible. Heck, Ronde can fit perfectly on these conditions….🤦‍♂️

  7. mark2001 Says:

    And if you look at the contract, that is with him hitting all incentives. Without that, it is a base $500 grand plus for every game played.

  8. TOM Says:

    Now they need to go get Marlon Mack.

  9. Hodad Says:

    It’s not just the veteran players we have. We also have a veteran coaching staff led by a vet friendly coach in Arains. Watching Sherman’s presser yesterday he seems genuinely excited to be here. I doubt you’d get that vibe if he was with a new coach on a bad team just looking for a pay check.

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    Tom – I’ve been suggesting for a while that if the team is really as down on Rojo as it seems, then see if you can swap him for Mack. I think Indy would do it, Mack is their #3 back, and Rojo is the better runner — although Mack is the better Bucs fit since he can catch better. If the Bucs did the trade, I think it helps both teams.

  11. ArmchairGM Says:

    I’m going to be cautiously optimistic. He was coming back from an Achilles tear last year and dropped 15 pounds since then. Remember Revis had a few quality years after rehabbing his ACL with the Bucs for a season.

    Even if he’s a shell of himself, he’s probably better than our practice squad players in there now and can be a leader/wealth of knowledge for a young secondary group.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    $2.5 million……Jayson….you ‘da man!!!

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  14. Miller5252 Says:

    I’m sure Sherman will be just like Gronk was last year. It’ll probably take 8 weeks or so to get him in football shape and 1/2 way comfortable. Good thing we got a bunch of games coming up for him to work his way back in. Who knows, maybe a place like this will do wonders for him just like it’s done for AB.

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    ArmchairGM – oh yeah, I’m not at all discounting him or anything. I just want to see him run with a receiver down the field and not get left behind. Once that happens I think we can all be pretty happy about the signing since I don’t think there is any question about his instincts or level of play, just if he still has the speed to keep up, which is the question every player faces eventually.

  16. BradyBucs Says:

    Sherman improves the secondary NO MATTER WHAT.

    Even if Sherman isn’t as fast as he used to be, he’ll certainly still garner more respect than Dean, SMB, and others that have been repeatedly burned. QBs will at least think twice.

  17. Adrnagy Says:

    2.5m investment in the young CB we have. Big impact will have in them in the long run.

  18. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    If he could still play, wouldn’t he already be on a team?

  19. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Who was the guy that shadowed Evans in the Cowboys game. That’s the guy I want.

  20. Lets Roll Says:

    How long did it take AB to get up to speed last year once he joined the team?

    I think Herm will take 3 or 4 games to round into shape because DBs are like WR when it comes to conditioning.

  21. allbuccedup Says:

    He can play corner or nickel we need that versatility.

  22. unbelievable Says:

    I mentioned this the other day, but it seems to me that the staff is banking on Sherman’s knowledge of the game and experience to be a bigger help than the rawness of our 5th and 6th string guys… even if they are probably faster than Sherman is now.

    We’ll see what happens. If nothing else, his knowledge and experience should help the young guys a lot too.

  23. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    If we cut him because he can’t play any more, he only costs us the 1/2 mil. That’s guaranteed. Our bases were covered.

  24. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “And there is a kinship of respect among top-shelf players.”

    I was impressed with what McAfee said about the vets here, but you nailed it Joe. We don’t JUST have a number of veterans, we have TOP-SHELF veterans. Players like Brady, Gronk, Suh, JPP are destined for the HOF. Several other veterans like LVD & AB have a fairly decent shot at it. THAT’S top-shelf.

    And what’s neat is that most if not all, this could well be their last hurrah since all of them are past 30. A chance to go out in real style. It’d be awesome for each of them to put the bow on their careers by winning another Super Bowl.

  25. SOEbuc Says:

    a desperation move, but another All-Pro vet to teach up Bucs DBs.

  26. Cainishere Says:

    Welcome to the team Richard. These fans do not realize the impact you have on a defense. Oh they have seen you play but they haven’t seen the behind the scenes of what you bring to the table. Go Bucs

  27. mark2001 Says:

    SOE…. I see it as taking advantage of an opportunity, in the middle of a difficult situation, mostly due to injury. Desperation is when we start to drop out of playoff contention. And I don’t think we will see that.

  28. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Exactly SOEbuc, we need somebody on the team who can coach up all the young “gravediggers.” Man, I bet they wish they didn’t self gloss.

  29. FrankPillow Says:

    He is the best CB on the team not wearing a #24 jersey…let that sink in.

  30. HC Grover Says:

    New Improved ‘Over the Hill Gang’.

  31. Tye Says:

    hold our breath the next few games and hope he doesn’t get torched consistently!

  32. Man Child Says:

    Seems like we got him cheap.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Shaht aht to Pat Mcafee Show

  34. 941Boltsfan Says:

    Shaht aht The Pat Mcafee Show #ForTheBrand

  35. Mr Bean Says:

    Not a bargain if he cannot keep up with receivers. Hope I am wrong.

  36. westernbuc Says:

    He should probably give that $2.5 to his father-in-law

  37. Mike Says:


    At age 33, Sherman still has the ability to be a good corner. Last season with the San Francisco 49ers, he ranked 11th among qualifying cornerbacks with a 69.6 passer rating when targeted, per Pro Football Focus. He was even better in 2019, when he allowed a 45.3 passer rating and ranked fourth among qualifiers.

  38. Brandon Says:

    He’s not gonna give us the help we need unless he can rush the passer.