Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Richard Sherman: Top takeaways from 49ers cornerback's Monday conference call

Richard Sherman: Top takeaways from 49ers cornerback's Monday conference call

Thomas' tweet was not out there long before Sherman was out there setting things straight.

Sherman's age, turning 30 this year, and his abrasive personality paired with him suffering a difficult-to-assess Achilles injury in 2017, meant there were no buyers. He expects to be physically cleared for training camp.

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 story also quotes 49ers general manager John Lynch as saying he thought his team offered something the others couldn't - a chance to play the Seahawks twice a year.

Seattle didn't want him, the 49ers needed a cornerback, Aqib Talib didn't want to get traded here, so Sherman was the ideal fit. Sherman has been a locker-room leader and mentor to younger players.

Sherman then celebrated a Thanksgiving night win in a road game against the 49ers the following season by eating a turkey leg on the 50-yard line. After having his congratulatory handshake rebuffed by Crabtree, Sherman goes off on camera, shouting insults about Crabtree and giving the 49ers the choke sign.

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Sherman joined Bay Area media on Monday morning, via a conference call, and there were certainly some interesting pointers. Afterward, Sherman and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sit at a table provided them on the 49ers logo at midfield and chow on some turkey for the postgame television show. Could this have possibly played a role in him signing in San Francisco as well?

So why would the 49ers take in Sherman?

The Seahawks were in dire straits with the salary cap this season, and had a lot of tough personnel decisions to make. Sherman now leads the National Football League in interceptions since he was drafted in 2011 and his 99 pass deflections also leads the entire NFL.

As Robert Raiola pointed out, fees paid to agents for securing endorsement deals are still deductible, however, and that's how creative agents could still keep their percentages while allowing athletes to avoid a spike in taxes paid to the federal government. Though they'll be losing Malcolm Butler once free agency starts later this week, Eric Rowe should plug into the depth chart in the No. 2 corner spot.

The basics of Sherman's contract include a $3 million signing bonus, $6 million in per-game roster bonuses, a $2 million 2018 roster bonus and up to $12 million in incentives. He had a personal beef with Jim Harbaugh dating back to their shared days at Stanford, and he and the 49ers coach became NFC West antagonists. He has recorded 154 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and 24 pass deflections in his career.

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