Buccaneers sign free agent Richard Sherman after injuries to cornerbacks

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are becoming the Los Angeles Lakers of the NFL. They have a stacked roster.

The reigning Super Bowl Champions have added to their 53-man roster. The Buccaneers signed free agent cornerback Richard Sherman on Wednesday morning.

Richard Sherman returns the football against the Los Angeles Rams (Photo by Richard Sherman/Instagram)

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. He announced his decision on his podcast.

Sherman has been a free agent since March. He was waiting for the right opportunity.

His arrest this summer also hampered things, as teams were leery to sign him. He was arrested in July in Washington State and charged with burglary domestic violence, resisting arrest, and malicious mischief.

The California native was also being investigated for an alleged hit-and-run and DUI in a construction zone.

Sherman will help the Buccaneers, who are without two cornerbacks. Starting CB Sean Murphy-Bunting is out for the foreseeable future after being injured in the season-opening win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Also, cornerback Jamel Dean was injured in the loss against the Los Angeles Rams. Dean missed the final three-quarters of the game.

He hopes to help with the 32nd-worst (last in the league) in pass defense through three games. Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles hopes Sherman can improve that beginning this weekend on Sunday Night Football against the New England Patriots.

The Buccaneers are the third team that Sherman has played for in his career. He spent seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and the past three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers elected not to re-sign Sherman in March. The 33-year-old went unsigned before visiting with the Buccaneers on Tuesday.

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Last season, he appeared in 5 games with the Santa Clara-based team. He started all five games.

He had 18 tackles and one tackle for a loss. Sherman also had one interception and one pass deflection.

In his career, Sherman has appeared in 139 games, including 133 starts. He has had 484 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and three quarterback hits.

He also has 2.0 sacks, 36 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns; 5 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, and 115 pass deflections.

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