Richard Sherman's 3-year, $39M deal with 49ers 'may be a mirage'


A report published Monday says the Seahawks had a right-of-first refusal on any contract offered Richard Sherman, and that Seattle declined to match the deal he got from the 49ers.

During an interview with KIRO-AM, Sherman stated that the Seahawks were set to release him and thus, break apart what has been a vaunted defense for the Seahawks since 2012.

The New York Giants have formally cut veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after the two sides were unable to rework his contract. "As long as I'm content with what I'm making, nothing else matters to me.Once I make a Pro Bowl, $8 million the next year is guaranteed for me".

Before that happens, though, let's squeeze in one more mock draft. It gives me the ability to control my destiny. Good news for him and for San Francisco; bad news for agents.

"I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there". Sherman has won four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro nominations throughout his career.

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The brash Sherman also didn't mince words when it came to former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, his coach at Stanford, calling him a bully. For Sherman, who's coming off a torn achilles and turns 30 this month, to rake in the full $39.15 million, he'll have to play all 48 regular-season games over the next three years, play at least 90 percent of the snaps, make it to the Pro Bowl every year and qualify for the All-Pro team every year.

"Would I go to a young secondary that is like we were when we were younger and help them grow and help them advance?" During that time period, Sherman also leads the National Football League is passes defended (99) and completion percentage allowed (47.4), which made Sherman a shutdown corner whenever he featured for the Seahawks.

That Detroit wouldn't be willing to pony up for that puts a slight (but strong) limit on how far they're willing to go to upgrade the No. 2 cornerback position.

Responding to Lynch's comments, Sherman said: "I'm vengeful in that way.", before explaining his sudden will to stick it to Seattle stemmed from some of the more questionable actions of fans who burned his jersey after learning of his departure. I think he felt, 'If I'm going anywhere, I want to play for [Patriots coach] Bill Belichick or [Rams defensive coordinator] Wade Phillips.' I talked to the Broncos at the scouting combine in Indy about it, and I thought we had a deal.

Sherman, known for being a shrewd thinker, was "very impressive" for his preparedness and knowledge of the market, according to Niners contract specialist Paraag Marathe.