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Richard Sherman: Where now for the in-demand free agent?

Richard Sherman: Where now for the in-demand free agent?

Richard Sherman© Jeffrey Beall

The new NFL season kicks off in just under three months and as is traditional at this time of year, a number of teams will be looking to top off their summer action with pivotal moves in the free agency market.

Among those high up on the priority list of a number of teams is highly-rated cornerback Richard Sherman, who is said to be sizing up his many opportunities with a sense of relative calm.

The 33-year-old former Seattle Seahawks star saw his three-season stint at the San Francisco 49ers and has a selection of NFL outfits greedily circling the talented former Super Bowl winner.

The amount of interest in Sherman's next contract has started something of a betting frenzy and it's clear that capturing a player of his magnitude will great improve any team's chances of success in the coming season. Sidelines odds comparison & predictions is a good location to keep up with latest betting on the engrossing saga and how it impacts the teams involved.

The Seahawks and 49ers remain high up on the list of possible avenues for the player, but others have cropped up also.

You can get +235 on Seattle being Sherman's next move, +450 on San Francisco but it's the Las Vegas Raiders who lead the push with a move to the Allegiant Stadium being priced at +225 with most sportsbooks.

Other outside bets include the New Orleans Saints (+350) and the New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns all at +950.

Sherman himself has hinted at San Francisco being a possible winner in this massive tug-of-war, stating;

"There's always a chance it could end up working back in the Bay, and I head back that way," Sherman added; "That's another place I'm really comfortable going. Obviously, I know the staff, know the team well. Just spent time there and would be ecstatic if something happened there."

As if to confuse matter Sherman has also been equally effusive about a move back to Seattle, stating;

"It's always in the cards," Sherman said. "I spend my entire offseason in Seattle, that's where I live, that's where my family is. So, it's never out of the cards. Obviously, Pete and I have had conversations throughout the offseason, and everything just needs to shake out right"

"They're still figuring things out, I'm still figuring things out, but it's definitely not out of the cards." Sherman concluded.

However, a move to put on the Seahawk colors again is somewhat muddied by the fact that head coach Pete Carroll has brought in a number of new faces in the postseason. Cornerback Tre Brown was brought in as the No.137 draft pick and Ahkello Witherspoon and Pierre Desir as well as Damarious Randall, a player set to be converted into a cornerback to further expand Seattle's options in Sherman's role.

The scramble for Sherman isn't a surprise. A player of his undoubted experience and big-game credentials is always going to attract a great deal of bidding action in a free-agency bidding war, so expect this one to play out for a few more weeks before the pen is put to paper ahead of the start of pre-season training.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
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· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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