Richard Sherman believes he has figured out his former teammate’s next move.
While the 49ers cornerback is rumored to be actively recruiting Earl Thomas to join him in San Francisco, Sherman predicted the Seahawks safety could end up joining the Cowboys.
“If the money’s equal, if all things are equal, he’s going to Dallas,” Sherman said, via The Sacramento Bee. “Now if that (compensation is) not the same, there’s more of a discussion, more of a fight. But then it becomes a bidding war. But that’s up to people make more major decisions than I.”
The Niners, who have roughly $65 million in salary cap space, can’t formally make Thomas an offer until the free agency negotiation window opens March 11, two days before the new league year begins.
However, Thomas is expected to have multiple options in free agency after spending his entire nine-year career in Seattle and could easily become the league’s highest paid player at his position.
“There’s serious interest. There’s obviously a clear and easy fit,” Sherman said. “But financially it has to make sense. If you go into free agency and say, ‘Hey, we offered Earl Thomas $7 million,’ it doesn’t matter how much I recruit, it doesn’t how much you say. If finances make sense, then I would say we’re a major player in it. If everything aligns the right way.”
Thomas, 29, was limited to just three games for Seattle last season after breaking his leg in October. He tallied 22 total tackles and three interceptions before getting hurt.