Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Payback and pay: 'Vengeful' Richard Sherman defends contract with 49ers

Payback and pay: 'Vengeful' Richard Sherman defends contract with 49ers

ESPN reported that the free-agent cornerback told ESPN'S Josina Anderson on March 10 that the deal he had been previously reported to be in negotiation with the 49ers is worth up to $39.15 million.

Among his critics was Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas, who on Monday said he feels bad for Sherman after he got "absolutely crushed on his contract while working as his own agent".

Additionally, there's a per-game 46-man roster bonus of $2 million ($125,000 per game); a workout bonus of $50,000, a playing time incentive (90 percent of the team's defensive snaps) of $1 million; a Pro Bowl incentive of $1 million and first- or second-team All-Pro, $2 million.

Jerseys will be available within a day of players officially signing with the new team, and Sherman's jersey has even been updated so any Seahawks' jersey bought from Fanatics for Christmas can be traded. "He and [Rams coach] Sean McVay, and I told him such". If he's named an All-Pro, which is slightly more hard then getting voted to the Pro Bowl, then Sherman will earn another $2 million. I'm going to try my best to ruin their day. "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".

On Saturday, Sherman met with 49ers executive vice president of football operations Paraag Marathe and general manager John Lynch, and he underwent medical tests to see how far along he was in his recovery from his right Achilles injury and heel surgery. The cornerback wants to return before then - possibly in time for the team's mandatory minicamp in mid-June. "I've got to wait for this bone to do what it's got to do and then progress".

It's a brazen move, but someone's got to make it.

That he would be re-signed had been widely anticipated as likely after McDougald started nine games for Seattle last season, including the last seven at strong safety in place of the injured Kam Chancellor. Of course he's had a Hall of Fame type of career, sure Sherman's played at a very, very high level. "He was a guy who came out with similar measurables to me, you know, height and weight, and things like that".

Listen to the full interview below.

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