Cleveland Browns pick-a-player: Adding one free agent from each NFC West team

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Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) reacts during Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

San Francisco 49ers – Richard Sherman, Cornerback

This is a terrible, and I mean terrible, San Francisco 49ers free agency class, and I don’t say that lightly. With the class headlined by a player that the Browns don’t need in Trent Williams, it’s a mix of talent players that are very old, young unproven players, or just below average players that shouldn’t have a starting job in the NFL. That being said, it may be time to go for experience over youth. The Browns should pursue 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman.

Sherman has had an up and down career in his three seasons with San Francisco. He was one of the players, and it felt like it was half the team, that the 49ers lost for a majority of the 2020 season. Sherman was put on the injured reserve after injuring his calf in the 49ers’ Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets. After being selected to the Pro Bowl and helping his team to a Super Bowl appearance, there were high expectations for Sherman and the defense. Riddled by injuries, the team fell flat.

If the Browns even remotely think that there is a chance that he returns to the level that he was at in 2019, they should try and sign him. Bringing in that veteran presence would do wonders for the locker room and help the younger guys like Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams develop. The championship experience he has would also help out as the Browns look to pursue a Super Bowl victory in 2021.