4 ways Richard Sherman could help the Carolina Panthers in 2021

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Richard Sherman would be a strong mentor for the Carolina Panthers

Even though Richard Sherman is firmly in the twilight of his career and far from the peak of his powers, picking him up at this stage would be a great move by the Carolina Panthers.

Pairing the Stanford product with Donte Jackson and A.J. Bouye provides the team with a productive cornerback trio who should be able to hold their own despite not having the athleticism of Jaycee Horn to call upon.

There is another factor to the Sherman signing that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Utilizing him on the field is obviously No. 1. But if the player can become a strong mentor for the young cornerbacks already on the team, then it only sweetens the deal.

Imaging the knowledge players like Keith Taylor Jr., Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, and Horn could acquire from Sherman, who was widely regarded as the best shutdown corner in the business once upon a time.

Passing the torch is a responsibility for those with Sherman’s credentials. A future Pro Football Hall of Famer that came from nowhere to become a household name and hugely respected in league circles.

There hasn’t been a concrete offer made by the Panthers as yet, although that could be imminent if there is a mutual interest from Sherman’s side. If Carolina is serious about landing the corner, they’d be wise to strike while the iron is hot and avoid losing him to another team.