Richard Sherman Signs 3-Year Deal With 49ers

Sherman lifts the Super Bowl trophy in 2014 | Source

Sherman's seven-year union with the Seattle Seahawks came to an end on Friday, as the club released him to avoid playing his scheduled $11 million salary for the 2018 season.

But business is business, something Sherman has made clear with his agreeing to a three-year deal with division rival San Francisco.

The arrival and performance of Jimmy Garoppolo helped mask the fact that the San Francisco 49ers still have plenty of holes on their roster.

Carlos Hyde #28 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates in the stands with fans after he scored a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

The two parties agreed to a three-year incentive laden deal worth up to $39.15 million. The sports news website said that Sherman's release will not be the last for the team's veteran players.

The problem with Sherman pinning his financial hopes on a Pro Bowl berth or All-Pro honors in 2018 is that most players aren't effective on the field in their first year after an Achilles tear, according to Thomas. Sherman was still playing at a high level when an achilles injury ended his season in Seattle early.

Sherman became a star in Seattle, bringing a brash attitude and willingness to speak out on any topic to go along with his stellar play. The best comparison this year would be Vontae Davis, a lesser corner than Sherman.

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"I definitely enjoyed the city of Seattle and I enjoyed the fans there and have tremendous love and appreciation for the years I've spent there and love and respect that they've given me over the years", Sherman said of his time in the Emerald City.

Though they're not a finished product yet, San Francisco are set up to fight for the playoffs when they carry over a five-game winning streak into next season.

"He's such a versatile player, he's played both for us", coach Pete Carroll said last week at the scouting combine.

Had Sherman taken the prove-it option, he would have been 31 when hitting free agency in 2019.

But Sherman is also exceedingly proud. Sherman represented himself in the negotiations, and is betting on himself with this deal. None of the money is guaranteed at signing, and about 22 percent is tied to his being active.

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