Seahawks turned down chance to match Richard Sherman's 49ers' contract

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"I don't think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract", the headstrong Sherman said. In my former contract, no matter what I did this year, nothing would be guaranteed to me next year.

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

Well here's a twist in the Richard-Sherman-to-the-49ers saga. The sports news website said that Sherman's release will not be the last for the team's veteran players.

Shortly after the Denver Broncos put Aqib Talib on the market, the 49ers had a deal in place to acquire the five-time Pro Bowler. "And it matters that I need to be, to stay close enough to them to be able to see the kids and be able to come out and be comfortable". People are out there burning my jersey.

Sherman played his college ball in the Bay Area at Stanford under former coach Jim Harbaugh, who then went up against Sherman during his four seasons in charge of the 49ers. They appeared to be a front-runner for Trumaine Johnson, the top free agent corner this offseason, but there are plenty of other options there if Johnson goes somewhere else.

The 49ers' general manager, John Lynch, felt his side could offer the 29-year-old something unique with the chance to face the Hawks, who released him last week ahead of free agency. "I didn't abandon anybody". Sherman can cash in if he fulfills certain incentives, including passing a physical on the first day of training camp, playing at least 90 percent of 2018 snaps, making the 2019 Pro Bowl, and being named to the A.P. All-Pro team. He would have had the chance to receive more offers and probably would have been able to reduce the per-game bonus aspect of the contract while increasing the two-year compensation. The 49ers have skin in the game. "They kind of pushed us to the middle of the field, and sat us down, and were like, 'How about some turkey dinner?' I was like, 'Okay, well.' At first they were kind of pushing it as a post-game interview for the Player of the Game".

Now, the player who was reviled so much by 49ers fans is joining their team after the Seahawks decided he wasn't worth his $13 million salary for 2018.

Whether or not you agree with the deal Sherman secured, there's plenty of debate over how it was constructed and negotiated, and it seems at least one National Football League player isn't afraid to voice his opinion.

The former Seahawks cornerback is getting a three-year, $39 million deal that includes nearly no guaranteed money. Incentives and bonuses could push the deal to $39 million, but only if he reverts to All-Pro form.

Sherman confirmed a driving factor in signing with the 49ers - aside from Jimmy Garoppolo's "inspiring" presence, coach Kyle Shanahan's "innovative" mind and a familiar defensive scheme - is to seek vengeance on the Seahawks.



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