49ers CB Richard Sherman said that although there’s mutual desire between himself and the team to return in 2021, he’s not expecting a deal to get done.
“I’ve enjoyed my time,” Sherman told NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco. “I’ve loved every moment of it. And I wish we could continue it for a couple more years, but it’s not looking likely.”
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said this week they would love to re-sign Sherman but San Francisco has a number of other free agents and limited cap space to work with — especially with the cap set to drop as low as $175 million in 2021.
Sherman, who is representing himself, is clear-headed about the fact that his contract goals might not line up with what the 49ers can afford to pay this coming offseason.
“We’ve had brief conversations,” Sherman said. “I think that there’s obviously a want from both sides to come back and make this work. Unfortunately, I don’t know that the circumstances will allow it. That’s the sad, sad truth. It’s one of those years where it’s not from anybody’s fault that it may not work out.
“And it will be a sad parting because I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I’ve enjoyed this team. I have brothers on this team, and I think we still have work to do. But I don’t know that the circumstances will allow it.”