The 49ers signed former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to a reported three-year deal worth up to 39 million, and includes a $5 million signing bonus, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.
Sherman first contacted Josina Anderson of ESPN that the two sides (49ers) were discussing a deal.
The soon to be 30-year-old corner was released by the Seahawks on Friday after seven illustrious years with the organization. Sherman achieved four Pro Bowl honors and three First-Team All-Pro invites while establishing himself as one of the best and most feared cornerbacks/defensive players in the National Football League.
One team’s loss is another team’s gain
His 2017 season came to an end after suffering a ruptured Achilles, that needed a second surgery in the offseason. According to Pro Football Focus Sherman graded as the No. 33 CB in the NFL prior to his injury. Terms of Sherman’s guaranteed money haven’t been disclosed yet, however, one thing is for sure Sherman had no problem betting on himself as he represented himself as his own agent.
Sherman will act as a mentor to new teammate and fellow cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon ( see stats @profootballreference.com) and the 49ers’ young secondary.
Sherman is also an ideal fit for defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s cover three defense having spent three years together in Seattle. If Sherman can regain his All-Pro form prior to his injury look out NFC West. Both the 49ers and Sherman expect him to be ready by training camp this summer.
Sherman’s contract details: According to Rapoport Sherman gets just $7M in base salary. $6M more in incentives. Sherman is betting on himself in a big way. $16M in a base for 2019 & ‘20 becomes guaranteed if he’s All-Pro. Another option would’ve been signing a 1-year & be a free agent again in 2019. Like Rapoport said, will watch this play out.
To be continued…..
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