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'Vengeful' Richard Sherman relishes playing Seahawks twice a year

'Vengeful' Richard Sherman relishes playing Seahawks twice a year

After signing Sherman, I expect the 49ers to avoid giving up the big bucks to any more secondary players in free agency and, instead, target cornerback depth in the NFL Draft. If he does return to form and meet the incentives, such as playing in 90 percent of the defensive snaps and making the Pro Bowl and being named an All-Pro in each of the next three seasons, then for the 49ers, Sherman will be worth every penny.

Making things even more painful, 49ers GM John Lynch trolled the Seahawks for their painful Super Bowl XLIX loss to the Patriots, a game that featured the Seahawks losing because they chose to throw from the one-yard line instead of running Marshawn Lynch. Sherman, who is from Los Angeles and attended Stanford, represented himself in negotiations with the 49ers.

Among the reasons Richard Sherman agreed to join the 49ers a day after being released by the Seahawks was the chance to get back at his former team.

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.

"I'm vengeful in that way", Sherman said to The MMQB after signing with a divisional rival.

It was the incentives in the deal that made the 49ers stand out as a destination for Sherman.




He had one season remaining on a four-year, $56 million extension he signed in 2014 after the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII.

"I don't think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract", the headstrong Sherman said. I helped the organization get to a great place and stay there. "We can put this in the end zone!"

Lynch said: "I promise you, we won't throw it this time". They let me go.

Sherman wanted to consider other offers, from potentially both the Lions and Raiders.

The San Francisco 49ers don't hand out bad contracts. Paraag Marathe, San Francisco's executive vice president of football operations, said Sherman also studied 49ers contracts "and knew who we'd given real guaranteed money to". "Now, if I play the way I know I'm capable of playing, I know I'm going to get paid".

Sherman, at only 31 years old, could potentially have a lot left in the tank for a team that is willing to gamble on him. san Francisco is seemingly in a position where they feel they can afford to pay for a veteran who might not be on the team even two or three years from today.


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