Seahawks turned down chance to match Richard Sherman's 49ers' contract

John Lynch 49ers want culture fits not just'splashy names in free agency

John Lynch 49ers want culture fits not just'splashy names in free agency

Richard Sherman is probably one of the most high-profile free agents now sitting on the market and his release from Seattle merited immediate attention from just about every team in the league.

The 49ers are in need of a cornerback after they lost out to the NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams for Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib.

Sherman signed a highly incentivized three-year contract that could be worth more than $39 million if he appears in every game, plays 90 percent of the defensive snaps and is named to the Pro-Bowl and All-Pro teams.

"Would I go to a young secondary that is like we were when we were younger and help them grow and help them advance?"

"Vengeful", Sherman said. "I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there".

"John Schneider called me saying they were going to release DeShawn on Monday because, per the league rule, it's the NFL's position that DeShawn's contract is to toll", Foster said.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, some Seahawks fans are unhappy Sherman chose to sign with San Francisco. People are out there burning my jersey.

The two parties came to an agreement one day after Sherman was officially released by the Seattle Seahawks with a failed physical designation.

"Once I make a Pro Bowl, $8 million the next year is guaranteed for me. 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.

Sherman is mad, but he's also smart. It gives me the ability to control my destiny. His deflection on a potential winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won.

"Well, I'm the best corner in the game!" In my former contract, no matter what I did this year, nothing would be guaranteed to me next year. I couldn't feel secure in my contract.

The Seahawks surely know as well as anyone how Sherman's recovery is going and may well have viewed it as likely being at least a $10 million deal, assuming he gets and stays healthy.

Sherman played his college ball in the Bay Area at Stanford under former coach Jim Harbaugh, who then went up against Sherman during his four seasons in charge of the 49ers.

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