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49ers CB Richard Sherman defends self-negotiated contract, changing teams


The 49ers wasted no time in contacting Sherman on Friday, as soon as his name officially posted on the waiver wire. Sherman represented himself in contract negotiations.

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.

"We had something no other team could offer", Lynch said. Also pursuing him were the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions, the latter of whom was supposed to host him next week, per NFL Media.

Saleh brought aboard the same defensive scheme Sherman thrived in with the Seahawks for years.

When that was relayed to Sherman, he paused for a second. "I'm sure it will take some getting used to for me", Sherman said Monday.

That's what it sounded like. "As long as I'm content with what I'm making, nothing else matters to me".

"What I saw from him was poise, I saw leadership, I saw the respect from his teammates, and I saw a command of the offense, and he'd only been there a few weeks". It was such a great opportunity.

"They reached out nearly immediately after I hit the wire", Sherman told Bay Area reporters on Monday. People are out there burning my jersey. Before the craziness of free agency gets under way and reshapes the landscape of the National Football League, I wanted to give the whole seven-round mock draft one more go-around.




Now that the Seahawks have decided he wasn't worth $11 million, he went out and found a landing spot that gives him a chance to make them pay for that decision. "I didn't abandon anybody".

The former Seahawks cornerback is getting a three-year, $39 million deal that includes nearly no guaranteed money.

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.

If Sherman meets all the incentives then he can make $13 million in 2018.

His contract is largely incentivized regarding his availability and quality of play. Though the $2 million in per-game compensation is high, his earning potential is about $1.5 million-$2 million higher than that of the standard contract.

Sherman, painfully aware his Seahawks were one yard away from winning Super Bowl XLIX three years ago when Russell Wilson's interception ended the gam, just smiled at Lynch. Sherman will turn 30 years old later this month and is coming off a season-ending Achilles tear. It becomes fully guaranteed on April 1, 2019. That would be one year older than Darrelle Revis was when he signed a $14 million contract with $39 million guaranteed with the Jets in 2015.

All adding just that much more to a storyline that is nowhere near complete.

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