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But the move to release Sherman, coupled with a recent trade of defensive end Michael Bennett, is a sign Seattle is tearing down its defence and is ready to build a new team with a new identity.

Yet, the 49ers are expected to be cautious when evaluating Sherman after an Achilles injury sidelined him for the final seven games last season.

The level of interest from the Texans, as well as Sherman's interest in joining a team owned by Bob McNair, remains unknown.

"I want to go to a contender", Sherman said Friday on KIRO radio in Seattle. But some players, including former Panthers defenders Jon Beason and Charles Godfrey, needed two seasons before they returned to their pre-Achilles surgery form. "Looking for somewhere I will be comfortable".

Will Richard Sherman's foray into free agency be brief? The team has a talented corner in Darius Slay.

But maybe Detroit's "preliminary interest" in Sherman signals that they're about to be more active in the veteran cornerback market than we thought.

The Seahawks could also re-sign DeShawn Shead, who like Maxwell is also an unrestricted free agent. Also on the roster are DeAndre Elliott, who saw some action as a rookie in 2016 before spending all of last year on Injured Reserve, and Mike Tyson, a sixth-round pick in 2017 who spent most of last year on the practice squad. It is worth noting they have the most cap space in the National Football League, so having the money to sign Sherman should be no problem.

Sherman has been a free agent for less than 24 hours. But if a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson is to be believed, New England might not even kick the tires on the four-time All-Pro.