49ers and Richard Sherman Strike a Deal

49ers Agree to Three-Year Deal with Richard Sherman

Cornerback Richard Sherman has been a major thorn in the side of other NFC West teams since he was drafted. Now he's jumping ship from one division team to another.

As of Saturday, Sherman agreed to a three-year contract with the divisional rival San Francisco 49ers, effectively and ironically making him a member of one of the many teams he terrorized during his tenure in Seattle. The Seahawks officially released him that Friday in order to avoid paying him the $11 million in guaranteed salary he was supposed to get.

On that Friday night, Sherman met with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan for dinner to discuss signing, while spending the following day in Santa Clara with club officials, taking a physical and speaking for himself as far as negotiations went.

Sherman is going to turn 30 at the end of March and had an impressive career in Seattle, being a four-time Pro Bowler, with three nods for the first-team All Pro series. He played in every game during his six regular seasons in Seattle, but had that streak snapped in week 10 of the 2017 season, when he tore his right Achilles tendon and was placed on injured reserve. His time of healing was six months at the minimum, which would make him ready for return in the middle of May, with July being the absolute latest.

In his seven year career Sherman, who was a fifth round draft pick out of Stanford, led the NFL with 32 interceptions, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. Being disruptive is his claim to fame, not just on the field as a player but also verbally sparring with other players.

With the signing of Sherman to the divisional rival 49ers, this satisfies the biggest need for the team this offseason, which is that of the cornerback position. Ahkello Witherspoon, a then-rookie, had a promising season but was often the only notable corner on the field because there was no legitimate starter opposite the field from him. Dontae Johnson, who was also a starting corner, is up for free agency and not expected to be re-signed by the team.


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