The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving closer to signing free agent cornerback Richard Sherman, NFL Network reported Tuesday.
With a need to bolster their secondary, the Bucs will hold an in-person meeting with Sherman, per the report.
Coach Bruce Arians confirmed a week ago that Bucs general manager Jason Licht had been in contact with Sherman, who's facing criminal charges and an NFL investigation.
Sherman's former teams -- the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers -- also have had contact, and the Bucs could be looking to sign him on this visit. This is Sherman's first free-agent visit.
Tampa Bay cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting dislocated his elbow in Week 1 and is on injured reserve. A key contributor, he had three interceptions in four postseason games on the Buccaneers' run to the Super Bowl championship in February.
Sherman pleaded not guilty to five misdemeanor charges in mid-July following his arrest for allegedly attempting to break into his in-laws' house. Sherman was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, endangering roadway workers and two domestic violence counts -- second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree malicious mischief.
Sherman, 33, has been in therapy since the incident, per NFL Network.
Sherman missed a career-high 11 games last season with the 49ers because of a calf injury. He recorded 18 tackles and one interception in five games before being released in February.
In the 2019 season, Sherman collected 61 tackles and three interceptions and defended 11 passes in 15 games while making his fifth Pro Bowl.
Sherman's first seven seasons were spent with the NFC West rival Seahawks, with whom he made two Super Bowl appearances (winning one) and grabbed 32 interceptions. Sherman earned his three first-team All-Pro selections from 2012-14 as part of Seattle's "Legion of Boom" defense.
The Buccaneers (2-1) will face the New England Patriots (1-2) on Sunday night in Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady's highly anticipated return to Foxboro, Mass.
--Field Level Media