Former San Francisco 49ers Cornerback Richard Sherman has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. As he explained in a recent episode of The Richard Sherman Podcast, the Super Bowl champion has also garnered interest from the 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, but he felt Tampa Bay presented the best deal.
"I went with the best offer I had, the best opportunity to go out there and put some great tape on, to lead another group," Sherman said.
"I feel comfortable and confident in my abilities to go out there and execute and help that team win."
Sherman's recent signing comes after a tumultuous offseason that involved a "burglary domestic violence" charge. He has been accused of breaking in to the home of family member at 2 a.m. PT in Redmond, Washington. From there, a family member called 9-1-1 and the police arrive shortly thereafter. When officers arrived, Sherman was reportedly outside and police accuse him of resisting arrest.
In addition to being charged with burglary domestic violence, a car that is registered to Sherman is at the center of a separate police investigation. One hour before he is accused of breaking into the home of a family member, a car that is registered to him crashed into a concrete barrier and was abandoned in a parking lot. However, Sherman has not been charged in connection to the crash.
"I am deeply remorseful for my actions on Tuesday night. I behaved in a manner I am not proud of. I have been dealing with some personal challenges over the last several months, but that is not an excuse for how I acted," Sherman wrote.
"The importance of mental and emotional health is extremely real and I vow to get the help I need. I appreciate all of the people who have reached out in support of me and my family, including our community here in Seattle. I am grateful to have such an amazing wife, family and support system to lean on during this time."
Thus far, the NFL has not handed down a suspension for Sherman. As a result, it appears that he will be able to play immediately. This week, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts for a Sunday night matchup against the New England Patriots.
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