The deal includes a $5 million signing bonus and was negotiated by Sherman himself. They nearly certainly aren't done adding to the position that previous year contributed to allowing a Total QBR of 87 last season, second-worst in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Richard Sherman on Monday said his recent release and doubts whether he can regain his Pro Bowl form have reignited "that gasoline fire that I've always had burning".
Sherman must perform to get paid, but also said he offered the Seahawks the opportunity to match the team-friendly deal. In discussing what he was seeking in his next team, Sherman made it abundantly clear he wanted to go only to a team he felt could contend.
Sherman is coming off a torn Achilles. SB Nation reported that Seahawks has been losing its players due to a combination of age, salary and injury issues. His deflection on a potential winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won. "I love the [Seattle] fan base to death, and I loved playing there".
Sherman noted to Sports Illustrated that it was a key selling point for the 49ers. He had chosen 49ers which means he will have to face his former team twice each regular season.
There was one National Football League player that seemingly had no desire to go to the 49ers, despite the fact that San Francisco now appears to be a much more desirable destination when compared to previous years. He told ESPN the contract is worth up to $39.5 million.
Along the way, Sherman was a thorn in the 49ers side with great plays and pointed comments.
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. Sherman has won four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro nominations throughout his career.
Sherman's 6-foot-3 frame is the prototype for a scheme the 49ers installed last season under defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, a former Seahawks assistant. He ranks first in the National Football League since 2011 in interceptions (32), passes defensed (99), completion percentage (47.4) and passer rating (50.9).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, some Seahawks fans are unhappy Sherman chose to sign with San Francisco. In exchange, they have a player under contract well below what the market would have dictated in free agency next season. The 49ers were not going to dump a bunch of guaranteed money Sherman's way at this early stage of the game.
Sherman acknowledged his feelings after seeing the reaction from Seahawks fans to his signing with one of their rivals.
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