Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week, and he’s set to be in the lineup for Sunday’s Week 4 matchup against the New England Patriots.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Sherman will be active this weekend. He previously indicated the five-time Pro Bowler wouldn’t play unless the team’s injury situation got worse.
Jamel Dean has been ruled out because of a knee injury that limited him in practice this week. The Bucs are also without Sean Murphy-Bunting, who is on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow.
Sherman spent the last three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after beginning his career with the Seattle Seahawks. He was limited to five games last season due to various injuries but was named a Pro Bowler in 2019 after recording three interceptions, 11 passes defensed and 61 tackles.
The 49ers, Seahawks and Carolina Panthers also reportedly showed interest in signing Sherman before he agreed to a deal with the Bucs.
Sherman chose the Buccaneers after seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady recruited him weeks before he signed. The 33-year-old said it was a difficult opportunity to pass up.
“He reached out initially and just checked to see if I was in shape,” Sherman said. “He and I had a relationship over the years, and he’s a great guy, very encouraging. Obviously… we had our history but what happens on the field, stays on the field. And off the field, I think we have a very solid relationship, and I think we both thought it’d be really cool if we had an opportunity to play together at some point in time.”