No player more than Sherman reflected the intensity of the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry when the NFC West rivals jostled from 2011-13 was at its zenith.
The Seahawks made the decision to move on from cornerback Richard Sherman on Friday.
Still, the Patriots would be well-served to explore the possibility of bringing Sherman into the fold.
Sherman ended last season on injured reserve because of a ruptured right Achilles.
"I want to go to a contender", Sherman said Friday on KIRO radio in Seattle. He has since undergone surgery on his other Achilles.
But Sherman said at the Sports Star awards he thought he would be ready for the beginning of mini-camp.
Sherman, a Stanford graduate, comes with health concerns, and a trip to his alma mater is likely in store for him Saturday for an exam with the 49ers medical staff.
Apparently, at least one other team has "reached out" as NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting the cornerback will be meeting with the Lions next week.
Sherman has been a free agent for less than 24 hours. If he can return to form he is still one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. 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 Seahawks saved $11 million against the 2018 salary cap by releasing Sherman. He can now sign anywhere - including the Seahawks - without having to wait until the start of free agency on March 14.