Payback and pay: 'Vengeful' Richard Sherman defends contract with 49ers

Leslie Hanson
March 12, 2018

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. The deal reportedly is worth up to $39.15 million. "I didn't abandon anybody". Sherman, along with Michael Bennett, were two quick casualties of the franchise shake-up.

The Legion of Boom is dead as we know it and to add insult to injury for Seattle, the arch-rival 49ers leapt headfirst into free agency and signed the face of that former dynastic defense, cornerback Richard Sherman. 49ers GM John Lynch said late Saturday afternoon to the free-agent corner he was recruiting, Richard Sherman.

Sherman, of course, will turn 30 on March 30 and tore his Achilles tendon in November, factors which prompted his release from the Seahawks and impacted his market value. We'll have to sit and wait to see if the 49ers make the jump but right now all reports are leaning toward this becoming a reality for Sherman and the 49ers. The contract has $18 million tied to per-game roster bonuses and incentives. The 49ers have skin in the game. And I am absolutely ecstatic (read my article on why the 49ers should sign him here). He had been due to make a simple $11 million base salary for the Seahawks in 2018.

Sherman noted he'll be well-compensated if he plays as well as he has throughout a seven-year career that includes four Pro Bowls.

The Seahawks surely know as well as anyone how Sherman's recovery is going and may well have viewed it as likely being at least a $10 million deal, assuming he gets and stays healthy. It becomes fully guaranteed on April 1, 2019.

That may also have been something the Seahawks wanted to avoid, undoubtedly preferring to negotiate their own longer-term deal with Sherman than merely matching what he had agreed to with the 49ers.

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