With the recent news of now former Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland signing a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, the Chiefs now find themselves down a starting cornerback from last year’s team.
Breeland’s departure isn’t a move that drastically changes the outlook of the 2021 season for Kansas City but Breeland was a good player so it was a loss. Now, the Chiefs are looking a little thin at cornerback.
Depending on who you ask, some may be fine with the Chiefs cornerback group which is fine. There’s reason to be excited. It’s a young group with a lot of potential. However, it is also a group that lacks a lot of experience or proven contributors so there’s bust potential here as well. Guys like Mike Hughes, DeAndre Baker, and BoPete Keyes are all considered projects at this point and Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton are good rotational pieces with limitations. L’Jarius Sneed is of course the stud of the group.
The KC Chiefs should look into signing Richard Sherman
All of that being said, the Chiefs could benefit from adding one more guy that you know who he is and he can give you quality play on the outside. Of the free agent cornerbacks still available, Richard Sherman could be an intriguing addition that makes sense.
Yes, Sherman isn’t exactly a scheme fit. Sherman has played Cover-2 for most of his career and he doesn’t quite have the versatility the Chiefs have generally looked for in their corners, but the Chiefs need someone that can go one-on-one in man coverage with some of the bigger, better receivers.
Sherman is also a smart enough player to adapt to an unfamiliar scheme and the Chiefs could always run some robber with Sherman and just play a little more man-to-man.
Other free agents that have been mentioned like Brian Poole or Steven Nelson would be interesting to say the least but they are mainly slot guys and the Chiefs have enough of those. Sneed and Ward as well as Baker can play some outside but there’s question marks with that group.
Sherman would provide a veteran presence that could help lead the younger guys on roster and actually provide quality snaps at outside corner which Bashaud Breeland left behind.
Unfortunately, many Chiefs fans probably know Sherman as the guy who got cooked in Super Bowl LIV which is accurate. He had a rough game. Nonetheless, Sherman has still been productive in recent seasons and his intelligence has made up for his slight decline in athleticism as he’s gotten older. He’s a smart player with sound technique which would be a positive change from a player like Breeland who committed a lot of penalties.
The question with signing Sherman would be how much money is he looking for and how far is he from really falling off a cliff when it comes to his play? Both are vital questions that will determine whether or not signing Richard Sherman is a good idea.
In the end, getting Sherman on a cheap one-year deal to chase one more ring and be a stop-gap as some of the younger corners on roster develop and learn under Sherman would be a fun scenario.