Colts can probably rule out Richard Sherman as potential free agent target

Free agent CB Richard Sherman (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
Free agent CB Richard Sherman (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

Though their elite individual talents have been continually disrespected this offseason, the Indianapolis Colts clearly have one of the deepest rosters in the NFL.

With that being said, however, if there’s one area that Indy can justify bolstering  before the start of next season, it’s the cornerback position.

It’s unclear if GM Chris Ballard was planning on using some of the team’s $16.7 million in remaining cap space. However, when you consider the latest development concerning the top unsigned free agent, Richard Sherman, that ship has probably sailed.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Sherman was booked early Wednesday morning at the Seattle Correctional Facility on burglary domestic violence charges. According to court documents, the five-time Pro Bowler was denied bail and the case is being investigated as a felony.

The Colts likely won’t consider Richard Sherman as a free agent target.

Sherman obviously deserves the benefit of the doubt, but, as we’ve seen in recent years, the league takes domestic violence cases extremely seriously. If a prolonged investigation looms, Indianapolis should either consider signing someone else or roll with their current CBs.

The details of Sherman’s arrest are slowly coming to light, and the latest update from ESPN  suggests the veteran cornerback tried to force his way into a home and allegedly fought with authorities when they arrived on the scene.

We’ve heard no rumors indicating Sherman was close to signing with a team, and this development has all but put his football career on hold. Nobody even knows if the Colts were interested in signing the 33-year-old, but his arrest should end all speculation.

Is that good news for the Colts? Well, it depends how you look at it. Is Xavier Rhodes headed for regression after enjoying a bounce-back year in 2020? At 31 years old, you can’t rule it out. TJ Carrie, meanwhile, is a solid No. 2 option, but could get exposed against taller wideouts.

We have no concerns about Kenny Moore, who’s established himself as one of the premier slot corners. The same, however, cannot be said for Rock Ya-Sin, who will battle to retain his starting job at training camp. What about Marvell Tell and Isaiah Rodgers making a potential impact?

There’s just so much unknown, which is scary to think about. Either way, for as many questions Indy has at cornerback, fans can at least sleep comfortably knowing who the team is planning to trot out there in 2021, because Sherman isn’t happening in light of his arrest.