A reunion with Sherman may be in the works with the 49ers worried Jason Verrett suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan wouldn't deny the team still has interest in Sherman.
"We've discussed it. I've talked to Sherm about it, too," Shanahan said after the game. "Sherm's always a possibility."
The 49ers may not have a choice to bring back Sherman, who is familiar with the defense and has been in the system over the last three seasons. Emmanuel Moseley missed Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions with a knee injury and rookie Deommodore Lenoir started in his place. San Francisco did sign Josh Norman last week, but he was inactive for the opener.
With Verrett injured, Dontae Johnson replaced him in the fourth quarter. Verrett has landed on injured reserve in his rookie season (2014) and for four consecutive seasons from 2016 to 2019. Verrett was able to play 13 games in 2020 after playing in just five games in his previous four seasons, finishing with 60 tackles, two interceptions, and seven passes defensed.
'It's crushing," Shanahan said. 'We know the bad luck he's had the last two years staying healthy and how good of a camp he had. I love JV and respect him as much as any player I've ever been around. I'm really hurt for him."
When healthy, Sherman is still one of the game's top cornerbacks. Sherman played just five games in 2020 and allowed just a 57.1% completion rate and a 56.3 passer rating as the primary defender. He was a Pro Bowler in 2019 when he logged 61 tackles, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions. Opposing cornerbacks had just a 36.8 passer rating when targeting Sherman as the primary defender, as Sherman allowed just one touchdown on the year.
The former All-Pro cornerback was charged with five misdemeanors this summer -- including driving under the influence, endangering roadway workers, resisting arrest and domestic violence related counts of malicious mischief and criminal trespass. Sherman can sign with any team but may face discipline from the league. The 49ers may have to take that chance with their cornerback situation.
Moseley returning to the lineup and Norman providing depth would help, but adding Sherman at some point this season appears more of a possibility than at any point in the summer.