That was the bottom - as bad as a Seattle team coached by Pete Carroll has looked. Sherman was released with a "failed physical" injury designation. Top-tier defensive players may want to play alongside of him. The All-Pro cornerback was an integral part of Seattle's back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and record-setting defense. It just threw a lot more gas on it, and I appreciate that.
Like the Seahawks did in 2013.
Sherman is from the Bay Area and went to Stanford, so the 49ers were a natural draw. The Seahawks were past tense. I have skin in the game. Though they'll be losing Malcolm Butler once free agency starts later this week, Eric Rowe should plug into the depth chart in the No. 2 corner spot.
"You're excited after a game, you're winning", he said. In turn, they let him know they couldn't match it.
In the end, the Niners' deal made the most sense. The team were on reserve parachutes, and the ground was coming up way too fast.
But it didn't take Richard Sherman long to find a new team.
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Now, the player who was reviled so much by 49ers fans is joining their team after the Seahawks decided he wasn't worth his $13 million salary for 2018. He has recorded 154 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and 24 pass deflections in his career. Sherman, who acted as his own agent, agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal filled with numerous contract bonuses.
"It's unfortunate, it's unfortunate, it's really unfortunate", Sherman said. We played pretty well that game. Seattle could be open to bringing Sherman back at a reduced salary. Knowing Sherman, there will be fireworks. ESPN first reported the three-year agreement. But it's not just Sherman's production on the field that piqued the 49ers' interest. In King's story, he admitted that going to a team that plays Seattle twice was a large incentive. Sherman also had a cleanup surgery on his opposite ankle during the offseason.
It was never entirely clear what Crabtree ever said about Sherman.
"I didn't necessarily watch his highlights, but I watched tape on any of the young guys", Sherman said. "It was such a great opportunity. I helped the organization get to a great place and stay there", Sherman told The MMQB. People are out there burning my jersey.
Whether or not you agree with the deal Sherman secured, there's plenty of debate over how it was constructed and negotiated, and it seems at least one National Football League player isn't afraid to voice his opinion. "I didn't abandon anybody". Seattle, interestingly enough, wanted the first right of refusal on any offer, and so Sherman called Seahawks GM John Schneider. "I'm thankful, and it's motivation for me".
Sherman then celebrated a Thanksgiving night win in a road game against the 49ers the following season by eating a turkey leg on the 50-yard line.