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Sherman, a three-time All-Pro cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks, was released Friday in a cap-related move and told ESPN he immediately received significant interest.

Richard Sherman put the 49ers first on his free-agent visit list.

If healthy, Sherman, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who excels in physical man-to-man coverage, would be an ideal fit for the 49ers' 4-3 defense.

Sherman became a star in Seattle, bringing a brash attitude and willingness to speak out on any topic to go along with his stellar play.

If he joined the 49ers, Sherman would also be reunited with his partner for one of the most famous plays in Seattle sports history - Malcolm Smith.

Sherman's main surgery was completed by Dr. Robert Anderson, whose practice is located in Green Bay just around the corner from Lambeau Field. The recovery timeline for an injury like that is generally 10 to 12 months, which means Sherman might not be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season. 49ers GM John Lynch is also a Stanford grad and talked to Sherman often during his years as an analyst for National Football League games for FOX.

If his recovery is going well they will try to get a contract done.

The NFL has been a whirlwind of trades and free agency signings recently. Also on the roster are DeAndre Elliott, who saw some action as a rookie in 2016 before spending all of last year on Injured Reserve, and Mike Tyson, a sixth-round pick in 2017 who spent most of last year on the practice squad.

The 49ers are in need of a cornerback after they lost out to the NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams for Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib. It's the ideal trifecta of reasons for the four-time Pro Bowler to end up in San Francisco.