49ers general manager John Lynch isn’t eager to see Richard Sherman switch positions, despite the cornerback’s comments earlier this week.
The 30-year-old cornerback said Thursday that he wants to play until he’s 35, adding he wants to play at safety near the end of his career. But Lynch revealed Friday his initial reaction to Sherman’s comments was, “Slow down there, Sherm.” Lynch said he likes Sherman at cornerback right now.
“I like the fact he’s saying he can play until he’s 35 because I’m a huge fan of Richard Sherman and what he brings to our team,” Lynch said on KNBR, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think Sherm was speaking way out there in the future about the safety position. I don’t doubt him on anything. He has the size. He certainly has the football intelligence. I believe he has good years left at corner.”
Though Lynch would prefer Sherman stay at cornerback for now, Lynch also indicated he’s confident Sherman would be successful if he did switch positions. Lynch explained Sherman has the instincts, intelligence, communication skills, understanding of angles and tackling ability that make an elite safety.
“Sherm embodies all those things,” Lynch added. “But like I said, I like him at corner for the time being.”