Richard Sherman Details Release From Seahawks, 49ers Contract Negotiations
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The veteran cornerback — who inked a three-year, $39 million deal with the 49ers on March 10 — described his last days with the Seahawks in an article for The Players’ Tribune.
“First of all, contrary to some reports, the Seahawks didn’t ask me to take a pay cut,” Sherman wrote. “There was no negotiation. When I met with them on March 7 to discuss my future, they informed me of their intent to release me. They didn’t know when they were going to do it, but it would be soon, they said.”
“Two days later I was in Las Vegas at the NFLPA meetings, sitting up on a stage in front of like 200 people in a giant hotel conference room, when my phone started blowing up. News of Seattle’s plans had gotten out.
“A few of hours later, at about 1 p.m. Pacific, the Seahawks officially released me.”
Sherman revealed that the Niners called him three minutes after he was officially released. He praised San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan in the piece.
“At dinner, Kyle made one hell of a pitch. He has an incredible football mind — he’s just a great tactician — and we talked for hours about different schemes and about his vision for the team. He really impressed me.”
After negotiating this deal with the 49ers, Sherman stated general manager John Schneider told him to bring his offer back to Seattle so it could have a chance to match it.
“They didn’t,” he wrote.
Sherman’s new deal reportedly includes a $5 million signing bonus and $2 million base salary with $1 million incentives based on playing time and a $3 million bonus if he makes the Pro Bowl next year. He negotiated the deal without an agent.
Sherman added playing against the Seahawks twice a year was “definitely a perk” to signing with San Francisco, but that he also signed with the 49ers because “they showed genuine interest” in him.
Though the 49ers finished a dreadful 6-10 in 2017, they impressed in their final five games, which they won after quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took over the offense.
Sherman is coming off a ruptured Achilles that limited him to 10 games last season. He will now hope to lead San Francisco to its first playoff appearance since 2013.
The Seahawks also lost another player this week in free agency. Tight end Luke Willson signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million. The Lions released tight end Eric Ebron ahead of the new NFL year.
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 15: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks almost intercepts a pass by the Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 15, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)