The Richard Sherman sweepstakes lasted all but a day because after being released by the Seattle Seahawks and reportedly saying he wanted to join a team that was a “contender,” Sherman has signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
Richard Sherman’s deal includes a $5M signing bonus, plus $2M base salary, $2M in 46-man roster bonuses, $1M playtime incentive and $3M Pro Bowl incentive in 2018. So #49ers get protection, and Sherman gets upside to beat his #Seahawks deal if he plays well. Win-win.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 11, 2018
Interesting. Just $7M in base salary. $6M more in incentives. Sherman is betting on himself in a big way. $16M in base for 2019 & ‘20 becomes guaranteed if he’s All-Pro. Another option would’ve been signing a 1-year & be a free agent again in 2019. Will watch this play out. https://t.co/hBMjRajtX8
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2018
The Niners lock down RS for three years on the deal, worth a reported $39 million with a $5 million signing bonus. The terms of the deal come with incentives, which guarantees him a significant bump in salary in 2019 and 2020 if he has an All-Pro year. Sherman is pretty much betting on himself and he’ll be quite motivated after what happened in Seattle.
He has some stats for you guys:
“Cause ppl talking to me like I’m slowin’ down. Opinions over statistics, of course” pic.twitter.com/nonbj7rQDA
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 9, 2018
Considering the 49ers were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season before they landed Jimmy Garappolo, it’s a stretch to say they’re “contenders” at this point.
Other teams that were interested included the Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans. Not all of those teams are contenders, but some have the pieces and potential. More than San Francisco, at least.
It was reported that Sherman wanted his next team to have a great quarterback, somewhere he’d be comfortable and just an overall great fit. He chose to go back to Cali.