Richard Sherman describes his free agency as an "ongoing process"

Richard Sherman describes his free agency as an

Free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman is scheduled to meet Saturday with San Francisco 49ers' officials, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.

According to the report, the 49ers want to make sure that Sherman is healing from his ruptured Achilles and if both teams are pleased, they will try to get a contract completed.

Although there's some belief that a deal could get done with the 49ers, there's also a chance that the two sides won't agree to anything and Sherman's free agency tour will continue.

The Pats have needs elsewhere, but pairing Sherman with Stephon Gilmore would give the team perhaps the best cornerback duo in the National Football League (although Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib on the Rams will be hard to top).

Sherman is also expected to undergo a physical and meet with team doctors to talk about the Achilles tendon he tore previous year, NFL Network reported.

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The release by the team announcing the move had "parted ways" with Sherman and referred to him as "no longer on the team" and didn't mention whether he could return. On March 1, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he expected Sherman to remain in walking boot for a few more weeks.

If healthy, Sherman, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who excels in physical man-to-man coverage, would be an ideal fit for the 49ers' 4-3 defense.

But Sherman said at the Sports Star awards he thought he would be ready for the beginning of mini-camp.

While T.J. Carrie was the best cornerback the team had last season, he comes into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Prior to the injury, the 5-time Pro Bowler had never missed a game.

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