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49ers CB Richard Sherman wants to transition to safety by the end of his career

The change in position has been done by the likes of former Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson and Aeneas Williams.

Niners cornerback Richard Sherman plans on sticking around the NFL for a few more years. However, he may be in a different position.

On Thursday, Sherman, 30, talked about transitioning to safety — something he's been thinking about for a while. 

“It’s definitely something that I’ve looked at,” Sherman said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “And something that I’ve talked with (Charles Woodson) about.”

The change in position has been done by the likes of nine-time Pro Bowl player Woodson, long-time Steeler Rod Woodson and Bart Starr Man of the Year Award recipient Aeneas Williams. 

Each transition came toward the end of the players' careers. Charles Woodson was 39 in his last season, Rod Woodson finished his final season at the age of 38 and Williams was 36.

But for Sherman, he wants to make the change sooner than that.

“I think 35 is probably my cutoff,” he added. “I don’t think I want to play … they’d have a hard time getting me out of bed at 35 to go play. I think I’ve got four or five more (years) in me.

“At some point, everybody makes a transition to safety if you’re smart enough to play that game. And I’ll probably do that in a couple years — or whatever the team needs.”

Sherman, who had surgeries on both Achilles in the last 13 months, has had to battled other issues related to one of his procedures. He has played in five straight games after missing two games earlier in the season with calf and heel problems. 

The four-time Pro Bowl player and Super Bowl 48 champion is looking to get more involved in the defense, as he sometimes doesn't get targeted playing at corner.

"(At) free safety you can see the whole field — you get to make an impact,” Sherman said. “You always see where the ball goes and at corner, I’ve had games where I haven’t gotten a look or thrown at.

“At safety ... you can make an impact. You can find a way. You can get in on every tackle because you’re in the center of everything kind of like a (middle linebacker). But it’s something that I’m going to consider later in my career and hopefully, I’ll be just as good there.”

Sherman has 24 total tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and 10 passes defended through 10 games for the lowly 2-10 49ers.

 

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