13 March, 2018
It is still quite hard to have it sink in for many people that former Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman will need to be an All-Pro again to cash out on the full $39 million.
Fresh off his release from the Seattle Seahawks, the Niners moved quickly to try to land Sherman in hopes that he could fill an obvious hole at corner.
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Now he has made a decision to join the enemy, signing a three-year contract with the 49ers nearly immediately after being let go by the Seattle Seahawks last Friday.
Ultimately, it became clear to Sherman that his best fit would be with his once-hated rival in San Francisco, a fit Sherman attributed to many things, including a desire to stay on the West Coast, the presence of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Shanahan's offensive scheme and, of course, the chance to play the Seahawks twice a year.
The 49ers said Sherman came to the negotiating table prepared: he read through the contracts of all the other top cornerbacks in the league. "You're excited after the game".
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Although Sherman's effectiveness at getting a maximum contract may be questionable - his signing bonus with the 49ers was a mere $3 million - the money he saved by acting as his own agent may make up for what he wasn't able to get from San Francisco. And he has done a lot of deals in his days.
Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, is a four-time Pro Bowl player and a three-time selection as a first-team All-Pro.
Sherman's contract is very low-risk for the 49ers. Seattle, interestingly enough, wanted the first right of refusal on any offer, and so Sherman called Seahawks GM John Schneider. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who already knew Sherman from his time as a defensive assistant in Seattle, joined them.
The contract that the Seahawks decided not to match looks a little different than was originally reported, as Pro Football Talk revealed Sunday night. Still, it's a hedge for the 49ers as Sherman continues recovery from a torn Achilles tendon suffered November 9 at Arizona. The 49ers have skin in the game. And we really had no answer for outside of some real bastardizations of our defense.
The Seahawks, amid this offseason's deconstruction, will be a shell of their former selves when they put a nine-game win streak on the line against the 49ers, a streak that began with that 2013 season's NFC Championship Game punctuated by Sherman's end-zone play.
8 career interceptions in 2013, leading the league.