Richard Sherman: Top takeaways from 49ers cornerback's Monday conference call

Annette Crawford
March 13, 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. He arrived in San Francisco and had dinner with Kyle Shanahan and his wife, and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

The Seahawks released Sherman last week, and he signed with the 49ers without meeting with any other teams.

"I have always played that way, and it is reigniting that gasoline fire I have always had burning", Sherman said. "If I was going to represent myself, I was going to do the research".

While the National Football League free-agent period begins this week (teams can officially start negotiating with players Monday with signings allowed Wednesday), there may be nothing more emotion inducing that can happen this offseason than the sight of one of Seattle's most beloved players becoming a member of one of the Seahawks' bitterest of rivals.

"This is how much Richard studied this", the 49ers" Paraag Marathe told King.

Sherman made All-Pro four times in seven seasons with the Seahakws, who released him Friday with a failed-physical designation to spare $11 million on their 2018 salary cap. Richard said, "What if I'm voted to the Pro Bowl and I can't go because we're in the Super Bowl?' We thought, He's right".

"He's such a versatile player, he's played both for us", coach Pete Carroll said last week at the scouting combine. The second is the clincher; he later says he warned the 49ers sideline, "If you throw it my way, it will end the game".

This was a matter of hours; the 49ers had been prepared to trade for Denver's Aqib Talib, but that fell through.

The Lions and Raiders were reportedly interested in Sherman as well but he wanted an incentive laden deal and neither team was comfortable with that sort of contract.

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.

"We worked aggressively to try to come to a deal with Denver", Lynch said. In fact, San Francisco is allegedly putting a three-year offer on the table provided that Sherman can prove that he is healthy enough to keep competing on the team.

The full tick-tock rundown is worth a read.

Sherman will help fill arguably San Francisco's biggest need with the secondary previously a major question mark.

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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