Richard Sherman's NFL Career By the Numbers

Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field for the 2014 NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. "I admit it's kinda weird having to cheer for you now", wrote one, Candle STAC Park.

"It's a little odd to put on a different jersey in general", Sherman began. Oh, and there was the added benefit of playing Seattle twice a year; as Sherman noted, "I'm vengeful in that way". "But I felt comfortable with being able to achieve that".

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"It definitely had a part of it", he said. "I do want a chance to show what I can do out there".

Sherman turns 30 on March 30.

Seattle chose to move on from Sherman to save $11m, with his release part of a host of changes on the defence that also included trading defensive end Michael Bennett.

Before his injury in November, Sherman registered 35 combined tackles, seven passes defensed, and two interceptions in nine starts last season.

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Chancellor and Thomas are the only two members of the secondary from the 2013 Super Bowl season who remain on the roster. It ended abruptly when Sherman's phone cut out 16 minutes later. "I'm excited about those prospects".

"(NBC producers) were like, 'Eat the turkey, '" Sherman recalled. The second is the clincher; he later says he warned the 49ers sideline, "If you throw it my way, it will end the game". You're winning. We weren't thinking anything else. "Just kind of enjoying the moment". "We played pretty well that game". I do think that the draft is still a big possibility at that position.

While it initially seems like San Francisco overpaid for a 29-year-old recovering from a ruptured Achilles, Sherman's contract is laden with incentives to cover the 49ers if he doesn't return to full health or is a shell of himself.

Sherman dined Friday night in Los Gatos with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, then met further with team officials Saturday.

He underwent medical tests Saturday before going to the 49ers facility for five hours of negotiations. The Seahawks opted to release Shead and allow him to test free agency instead. He played for defensive coordinator Robert Saleh in Seattle from 2011-13 and as such is familiar with the scheme. A three-year deal was finalized over the weekend including a physical in which medical personnel signed off on Sherman's surgically repaired Achilles. "Great observation. We changed the wording". "And we came to an agreement".

The basics of Sherman's contract include a $3 million signing bonus, $6 million in per-game roster bonuses, a $2 million 2018 roster bonus and up to $12 million in incentives. The biggest change? Wearing a different team's colors for the first time in his National Football League career.

  • Lawrence Cooper