“It was chaos,” Sherman said in a conference call Monday.
According to Sherman, almost immediately after the Seahawks released him on Friday, the 49ers got in touch with him and invited him to visit with the team. Sherman and his fiancée, Ashley, flew to San Jose and had dinner with Niners coach Kyle Shanahan and his wife, Mandy, at a restaurant in nearby Los Gatos. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who already knew Sherman from his time as a defensive assistant in Seattle, joined them.
Damarious Randall, a 2015 first-round pick, had an inconsistent three seasons in Green Bay. Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire
As for the Packers, Kizer offers them a backup for Aaron Rodgers with more upside than Brett Hundley, who failed his audition last season when Rodgers went down injured. Hundley’s contract is up after the year, while Kizer is under contract for three more seasons and should have time to develop behind the 34-year-old Rodgers. Kizer won’t be the long-term replacement for Rodgers barring some serious injury, but he could represent a cheap backup option with more upside in a West Coast scheme than Hundley.
Sherman doesn’t believe there will be much adjustment in joining the Niners or moving to the Bay Area considering his previous time in college at nearby Stanford. The biggest change? Wearing a different team’s colors for the first time in his NFL career.
“I’ve spent a lot of time wearing a red jersey in the Bay, so I’m sure I’ll be able to figure it out,” Sherman said.
At the same time, it would be foolish to stick Taylor in a traditional offense, drop him back from under center on most plays and hope that he turns into Troy Aikman. Coach Hue Jackson needs to keep Taylor in the shotgun and build his offense around the threat of Taylor as a runner, which Rick Dennison didn’t do in Buffalo last season. That should be just fine if the Browns draft Barkley; the Penn State star took 598 of his 671 carries out of the shotgun and averaged 5.8 yards per carry on those attempts. The potential first overall pick averaged 5.3 yards per carry on his 73 attempts from under center.