Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

49ers CB Richard Sherman defends self-negotiated contract, changing teams

49ers CB Richard Sherman defends self-negotiated contract, changing teams

After a seemingly amicable parting between the four-time All Pro and the Seahawks organisation, Sherman revealed to Peter King of the MMQB that his reasons for linking up with the 9ers were "vengeful".

Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts to a play against the San Francisco 49ers during their National Football League game at Levi's Stadium on October 22, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.

Fans themselves took to Twitter, trying to come to grips with the news. His introductory conference call Monday was interrupted by hold music from a local television station and a barking dog.

"I'm vengeful in that way", he said.

Sherman went on to say that he did not mean it as anything disrespectful and the whole situation was kind of forced on him.

Sherman, painfully aware his Seahawks were one yard away from winning Super Bowl XLIX three years ago when Russell Wilson's interception ended the gam, just smiled at Lynch.

When that was relayed to Sherman, he paused for a second.

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.

That's what it sounded like. "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 asked him to repeat that.

"I don't think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract", Sherman said. "It was such a great opportunity. And I think defensively I can bring a presence and a leadership that will stabilize and help this defense rise to prominence as well". People are out there burning my jersey. "I didn't abandon anybody". Although initially reported as having a $5 million signing bonus, it is actually $3 million, with a $2 million roster bonus if he passes his physical prior to training camp.

Sherman also recently underwent a procedure to "clean up" his left Achilles.

3 time First Team All-Pro honors. What Sherman did was made it all incentive-based. SB Nation noted that as veteran Seahawks players such as Sherman age, they are proving to be more expensive for the team to afford. He had been due to make a simple $11 million base salary for the Seahawks in 2018. You're saying this is a very unique deal. Sherman told ESPN the deal is worth up to $39.15 million. In my former contract, no matter what I did this year, nothing would be guaranteed to me next year.

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