Richard Sherman says joining 49ers "reignites that gaoline fire".

Arnold Nichols
March 13, 2018

Sherman noted to Sports Illustrated that it was a key selling point for the 49ers.

That's what Sherman told John Lynch, the general manager of the 49ers, according to Peter King's tick-tock accounting of how the guy who was the most-loathed member of the Seahawks in the Bay Area is now a Niner.

Less than 24 hours after Richard Sherman signed his new deal with the 49ers, the details of the contract are out, and let's just say that some people aren't impressed with the negotiating skills of Sherman's agent, which is kind of an insult to Sherman, since he serves as his own agent.

Health concerns about Sherman, who's recovering from a ruptured Achilles, did not keep the 49ers from agreeing with him on a three-year deal, a league source confirmed.

"So the Seahawks are going to be nice and said 'we are going to release him because we promised him this and we want him back and we want him happy,"' Foster said.

On March 10, the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the former Seahawks corner.

When that was relayed to Sherman, he paused for a second. "The way he played down the stretch was inspiring, it was incredible", Sherman said, via The Mercury News.

That's what it sounded like. In my former contract, no matter what I did this year, nothing would be guaranteed to me next year.

"Would love to get to play in (the Seahawks) stadium again, obviously wearing different colors, trying my best to ruin their day, perhaps". It was such a great opportunity. I have gotten over 20 texts from agents across the National Football League world saying this is the worst contract they have ever seen on paper. People are out there burning my jersey.

And after a breakup, the one who does the dumping doesn't get to complain who the ex gets with.

Sherman had told the Seahawks that he would be transparent with them, so he let them know what had been worked out. "I didn't abandon anybody".

Justin Coleman, who was the team's starting nickel previous year, is a restricted free agent and it is expected the Seahawks will tender him to keep him in the fold. The deal includes a $5 million signing bonus and was negotiated by Sherman himself.

That seems likely, assuming Sherman has been correct in saying he thinks he'll be fully healed by the summer. Sherman sustained an Achilles rupture in Week 9 of the 2017 season.

3 time First Team All-Pro honors. Sherman also had a cleanup surgery on his opposite ankle during the offseason.

If Sherman meets all the incentives then he can make $13 million in 2018. There is also the fact that they need to lock up Khalil Mack to a long-term deal, as he is now the best defensive player in the NFL. His base salary in 2018 is $2 million. Reports had been coming out since the end of the season that the Seahawks were looking to clear some cap space and that Sherman could fall victim to that process. And the 49ers can get out of the deal before April 1, 2019, even if Sherman makes the Pro-Bowl guaranteeing his base salary for that season.

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