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Richard Sherman plans on playing two more NFL seasons before retirement

One of the NFL's best defensive backs of the past decade plans will ride off into the sunset soon, but retirement isn't on the immediate horizon. 

Richard Sherman, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, said he wants to play more two more seasons before hanging his cleats up. 

"I want to get on a competitive team. I think I still have a lot to give to the game," Sherman said on ESPN+'s "Stephen A.'s World." "I think I still have a lot that I want to accomplish and I think I can go out there and help a defense come together like it should and reach their potential, reach the heights that the defenses that I've played on have reached.

"After two years, I think I'm going to shut it down, regardless, because I'm sure I'll still get calls, I'm sure people still want to see if I have interest," Sherman said. "I think two more years and I'll be content where I'm at."

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) looks on against the Washington Football Team during the first half at State Farm Stadium. (Photo: Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports)

Sherman has spent the last three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after spending the first seven years of the career with the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a three-time first-team All-Pro and won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. 

Acting as his own agent during the 2018 offseason, Sherman inked a three-year, $39 million contract with the 49ers while coming off a ruptured Achilles. Health plagued him during a contract year again in 2020, as he was placed on injured reserve after Week 1 with a calf injury that limited him to five games after he'd missed three over the previous two seasons. 

In December, Sherman was upfront about the fact his time with the 49ers was likely ending, given the team's list of free agents and salary cap restrictions. Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden began his public recruitment of Sherman on a podcast the cornerback hosts with Cris Collinsworth last week, while a reunion with first-year New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh, the 49ers' ex-defensive coordinator, is another possibility. 

"(Raiders defensive coordinator) Gus Bradley being there with that scheme I played in my whole career, know it like the back of my hand, makes a huge difference," Sherman said. "They have a great running back, talent on defense, especially in the secondary."  

Sherman will be 33 next month. 

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