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Around the NFL - Free Agency: 49ers Sign Richard Sherman, Giants Cut Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jets Ready to Pounce
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11 Mar 2018 01:06 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Cornerback Richard Sherman makes tackles. (Image Source: Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Let’s go around the NFL heading into free agency:

Balance of Power Continues to Shift in NFC West

As the Seattle Seahawks dismantle the Legion of Boom, the San Francisco 49ers are building a challenger to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West.

Cornerback Richard Sherman has signed a three-year incentive-laden contract that could be worth as much as $39.15 million.

"I'm thankful to John [Lynch] and Kyle [Shanahan] for believing in me," Sherman told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. "Some smaller details still getting ironed out, but #ShermInTheBay."

A four-time Pro Bowl selection Sherman is healing this offseason after tearing the Achilles in his right foot, in addition to recovering from a bone spur in his left foot. This, as he’s about to turn 30 later this month.

According to Sherman, as many as seven teams expressed interest in his services. Considering his competitive and often combative nature, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he stayed within the division with an opportunity to play the Seahawks twice this season.

There’s also a Bay area connection, as Sherman played his college football at Stanford, the alma mater of San Francisco general manager John Lynch.

His 32 interceptions and 99 passes defended since was drafted in the fifth round in 2011, leads the NFL.

DRC Released

On Sunday, the New York Giants released cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.  

The veteran coverman intercepted a career-high six passes in 2016, however he failed to record an interception in 2017 as the G-Men posted the worst record in the NFC.

Rodgers-Cromartie, who is 31, was due to count as $8.5 million in cap space in 2018, with the Giants saving $6.5 million with the move. He signed a five-year, $35 million deal in 2014 and this would have been the final year of his contract.

Jets to Be Active

As the New York Giants let a starter go, the New York Jets are ready to spend, spend, spend.

Free agency is set to begin this week—teams can negotiate with free agents starting on Monday and contracts can be signed on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.—no one has more cap space than the Jets. At nearly $90 million, the Jets have the most cap room available in NFL history.

If general manager Mike Maccagnan is a man of the word, they plan on using it.

“It will be interesting to see which players we can potentially line up first for initial visits,” general manager Maccagnan said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Obviously, we’ll be very active on the first day in terms of the higher profile guys. I think the one thing I’ve noticed in the NFL this year or in the past years, I should say, is free agency moves very quickly. If you have guys targeted and you have your range how you value them, we’ll be very active.

“We may sign a big-ticket guy. We may sign a small-ticket guy. It will be very interesting to see how it plays out. … Everybody is well aware we have quite a bit of cap space to work with. There are quite a few players we’re interested in.”

The main big-ticket guy would be quarterback Kirk Cousins. Also, look for the Jets to be actively looking for a cornerback, as well as a pass rusher.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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