Richard Sherman warns critics not to judge his 49ers contract too soon

Erica Murray
March 14, 2018

Reuters/Robert SorboSeattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman celebrates after intercepting a pass thrown by St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford late in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Seattle, Washington, Dec. 30, 2012. "Yeah, I am. We are".

Not only had a good friend and teammate blown town, Baldwin has to go up against Sherman, presuming a return to good health, twice next season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Also, if Sherman is voted to the Pro Bowl in 2018, a total of $16 million in base salary for 2019 and 2020 seasons will become fully guaranteed. So how did he view Garoppolo and his five starts with the Niners in determining whether they would be a fit?

"That had a huge part of it".

On KNBR this morning, Sherman said Ward agreed to relinquish the number, which has personal significance to him. Like I said when they got Jimmy Garoppolo that their ideal situation is to not play him so they could pay him less this offseason. "It was the same feeling I got before we played the Cardinals in London (33-0 win), and I loved what I saw: They were locked in, focused, determined and pumped".

Foster said at the time, he believes the Seahawks hope to re-sign the cornerback, after allowing him to test the free agent market.

The former Seahawks cornerback is getting a three-year, $39 million deal that includes nearly no guaranteed money. He's familiar with the defensive scheme and the coordinator running it, Robert Saleh, a former Seahawks assistant who joined Sherman, Sherman's fiancee Ashley and coach Kyle Shanahan at Friday night's recruitment dinner in Los Gatos.

"Instead of getting upset with me for a going to a new team", Sherman tweeted, "how about you get upset with the people who forced me to go". "He's always coming up with two or three concepts that we'd never seen".

"And that's on the field, spur-of-the-moment, having three or four All-Pro players who can adjust on the fly". But outside of that, some of the concepts were tough to stop. While efficacy at the cornerback position (as measured by PFF grades, passer rating allowed, yards per coverage snap, etc.) is one of the more unstable trades in the game of football, the eighth-year pro from Stanford has been a model of consistency since day one for the Seahawks.

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