Richard Sherman opens up about defecting to 49ers

- All right- Richard Sherman to the San Francisco 49ers. Though only $3 million is officially guaranteed at signing, it is fair to say the virtual guarantee is $7 million, as Sherman likely will earn his roster bonus at the start of training camp and his non-guaranteed base salary for the year.

Fullback Kyle Juszczyk perhaps best captured the emotions of the 49ers' fan base Saturday, tweeting: "I take back anything disrespectful I might have said to you in our games before @RSherman_25 Welcome to the squad!" It was such a great opportunity. "I've got a lot of people to show". "And it matters that I need to be, to stay close enough to them to be able to see the kids and be able to come out and be comfortable". People are out there burning my jersey.

Now he has chose to join the enemy, signing a three-year contract with the 49ers nearly immediately after being let go by the Seattle Seahawks last Friday. They appeared to be a front-runner for Trumaine Johnson, the top free agent corner this offseason, but there are plenty of other options there if Johnson goes somewhere else. "I didn't abandon anybody".

"I don't think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract", Sherman said.

"We did have a trade in place with Denver for a veteran cornerback", (John) Lynch told me late Sunday afternoon. That may have played a significant role in his decision to not meet with any other team after being released by the Seahawks, as could have returning to the Bay Area where he played college football at Stanford.

After a seemingly amicable parting between the four-time All Pro and the Seahawks organisation, Sherman revealed to Peter King of the MMQB that his reasons for linking up with the 9ers were "vengeful".

Seattle chose to move on from Sherman to save $11m, with his release part of a host of changes on the defence that also included trading defensive end Michael Bennett. So while he's certainly athletic, Sherman isn't fully reliant on his speed or quickness, which bodes well for his effectiveness post-Achilles injury.

While it's unknown exactly the paycut Seattle wanted Sherman to take, it's surely less than $10 million for the 2018 season. Sherman told ESPN the deal is worth up to $39.15 million.

Justin Coleman, who was the team's starting nickel a year ago, is a restricted free agent and it is expected the Seahawks will tender him to keep him in the fold. He also has $2 million in per-game roster bonuses, a $1 million bonus if he plays 90 percent of the defensive snaps, a $1 million incentive for making the Pro Bowl, and $2 million for being an AP All-Pro.

- Yeah. It's unique because Richard Sherman represented himself in the negotiations.

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