Richard Sherman Signs 3-Year Deal With 49ers

Ross Houston
March 12, 2018

Even then, the 49ers can still dump Sherman if he's healthy up until April 1, a common Paraag Marathe device aimed at giving the team multiple weeks to look elsewhere for help before committing to the players they now have under contract. I think he felt, 'If I'm going anywhere, I want to play for [Patriots coach] Bill Belichick or [Rams defensive coordinator] Wade Phillips.' I talked to the Broncos at the scouting combine in Indy about it, and I thought we had a deal.

In just a couple of days, the Seattle Seahawks and 31 other teams will embark on what should be a rather exciting journey.

I would venture a guess that, given his status as a better player, Sherman on a prove-it deal would have received a one-year offer in the ballpark of $6 million to $7 million with $750,000 to $1 million tied to his being active; maybe another $2 million in high-end incentives. I helped the organisation get to a great place and stay there.

Thorpe - who has played rarely on defense in his two years with Seattle but is one of the team's best special teamders - is actually the highest-paid, with a cap hit in 2018 of $1.9 million, which had led to some speculation that he could also be a cap casualty. "I didn't abandon anybody".


Sherman became a star in Seattle, bringing a brash attitude and willingness to speak out on any topic to go along with his stellar play. It gives me the ability to control my destiny. That leaves 14 other games, however, for him to make a deeper impact for a 49ers franchise he's tormented as their hated rival since 2011. I have skin in the game. "As long as I'm content with what I'm making, nothing else matters to me.Once I make a Pro Bowl, $8 million the next year is guaranteed for me". I couldn't feel secure in my contract.

During his time in Seattle, Sherman made four Pro Bowl teams and had three first-team All-Pro selections.

While a poor connection with background noise garbled the media conference call, Sherman voiced no frustration and instead offered explanatory and pensive answers, from extolling the virtues of Jimmy Garoppolo to meaning no disrespect for a Thanksgiving 2014 turkey-eating scene after beating the host 49ers.

Sherman then celebrated a Thanksgiving night win in a road game against the 49ers the following season by eating a turkey leg on the 50-yard line.


That Detroit wouldn't be willing to pony up for that puts a slight (but strong) limit on how far they're willing to go to upgrade the No. 2 cornerback position. However, the enigmatic corner seemed anything but warm when talking to King about his move to San Francisco. 'Could be, he was told'.

That's the genius of the low-key lowball deal that 49ers executive Paraag Marathe negotiated with Sherman for Sherman.

But the Patriots would have been able to handle Sherman's team-friendly deal.

Clearly, he's betting on himself. A vast chunk of his potential earnings lies in his health and performance.


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