By Tyler Bischoff
Richard Sherman is signing with the 49ers after being released by the Seahawks. Sherman could have been a Raider though.
According to SI.com, Sherman called general manager Reggie McKenzie, but Sherman was told the Raiders wouldn't have the cap space to sign Sherman.
Sherman signed a three-year deal with San Francisco with a cap hit of just over $6 million this year. The Raiders are projected to have $17 million in cap space, per Spotrac.
Sherman's deal gets more expensive in the last two years with a cap hit just over $10 million.
The Raiders may be chasing after another free agent corneback in former Patriot Malcolm Butler.
Raiders have expressed interest in Malcolm Butler and are also expected to release CB Sean Smith.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) March 12, 2018
Butler made $3.9 million last season in New England. He sealed the Patriots Super Bowl victory in 2015 with a goal line interception. But he was infamously benched for this past season's Super Bowl.
With Sean Smith and David Amerson gone, the Raiders have a need at cornerback.
Jon Gruden has publicly expressed a desire to upgrade two spot, cornerback and interior defensive line. One of the NFL's best interior lineman became available today in Ndamukong Suh.
Suh was released by the Dolphins this morning. He would be an immediate upgrade to the Raiders defense. But if Richard Sherman was too expensive for the Raiders, Suh (who carried a $26 million cap hit in 2017) certainly won't fit.
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