Richard Sherman lands in San Francisco

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Well, that didn’t take long.

One day after being released by the Seahawks, veteran cornerback Richard Sherman has agreed to terms with the 49ers, per multiple reports.

It’s a three-year deal; per NFL Media, it’s worth $39 million (we’ll wait to see what the official numbers say). Given that Sherman still hasn’t recovered from surgery on both Achilles tendons, the terms of the deal will be very interesting. Will he get a signing bonus before he can pass a physical? Will other payments hinge on his ability to play?

As one league source explained it to PFT, a surgically-repaired Achilles tendon almost always heals. The key questions are when the healing occurs, and whether the player will be as fast and effective after the tendon has healed.

The 49ers apparently were willing to assume the risk of slow healing or reduced effectiveness, all in the name of beefing up a defense with one of the key pieces of what almost was a Seattle dynasty.

The move comes at a time when Sherman was scheduled to visit the Lions, and when other teams were interested in talking to Sherman. It’s unclear whether the 49ers were willing to offer more than any other interested team, or whether Sherman simply pounced on the opportunity to tell Russell Wilsonyou f–king suck!” not in a practice but during two games per year. Maybe three.

110 responses to “Richard Sherman lands in San Francisco

  1. I’ll be the first Niners fan to admit it. I hated Richard Sherman. Like loathe for him. Now, I’m cheering him on. And I have no shame. Go Niners!

  2. Well, I’m going to learn to like Sherman. I actually prefer taking Sherman and drafting someone over giving Trumaine Johnson a huge contract. Rams gave up 72 points to the Niners in 2 games last year and Johnson was terrible in both games. Welcome to the Niners Mr. Sherman. Seagulls fans feel free to trash Sherman now……..

  3. No way as he going to go to Detroit when he could play at home and on grass. Though thought the Chargers may have a go at him.

  4. “As one league source explained it to PFT, a surgically-repaired Achilles tendon almost always heals.”

    Well, why then did Sidney Jones drop to the 2nd round if Achilles always heal?

  5. As a 9er fan, it is going to be hard for me to accept him, it was more than a divisional rivalry, he was an arse hat. I hope he dials it back… mouth wise and of course time wise as well.

  6. So he gets his 13 million for next year after all? In fact gets it for the next two after that? Nice job Sherm. I thought he was going to gave to accept less than that.

  7. Well, those that didn’t like him (San Fran fans) are now going to like/love him.

    However, if they still don’t like him I guess they’ll boo every pass defensed and Int he makes, right? Because he’s such a horrible person in many San Fran fans eyes.

    He’ll always be welcomed in Seattle. Even as a visitor.

  8. Do the 49ers seriously think that Sherman is worth $13 million a year coming off of a major injury? What has their management been drinking?

  9. Well, this doesn’t make any sense at all! According to Patriots fans everywhere Sherman was supposed to sign with them!

    (chuckle) Cheaters…..

  10. I don’t know why people flip out at these NFL contracts when everyone knows they’re not guaranteed. To correct the gentleman in the comment section flabbergasted by this contract this isn’t a $13 million per year deal. This is a contract that POTENTIALLY pays $13 million per year.

  11. The NFC West will look a lot different next year. Will Goff continue to improve? They added two shut down CB’s. Wow! Will Garoppolo be as good in 16 games as he was in 5? Will he even stay healthy for 16 games? Who’s going to be the new QB in Arizona? Awesome! Can’t wait.

  12. Oh Clara Clara Clara, come out come out where ever you are!! 9 game win streak and counting….hopefully the great #25 can bring this rivalry back from the dead.

  13. How did he injure both Achilles’ tendons, then at age 30, get a raise on his retirement contract?? This reeks of Revis’ return to the jets at age 30 and we know how that turned out

  14. 3 years for $39M? Are they crazy? This makes him the second highest paid CB currently under contract by almost double the third highest paid CB. They don’t even know if he’s going to be 100%. Plus he turns 30 later this month. I don’t understand them giving him that much money when Seattle didn’t even want to pay him $11M for another year. If, and it’s a big if, he can play at a Pro-Bowl caliber this may be a good deal for them but still, that’s a lot of money for a CB with so many question marks. I don’t think this is a wise move.

  15. This has been the best off season I can remember and the league year hasn’t even started yet!

    Seahawks will be lucky to win 5 games this year. Let’s see how well the media continues to protect Wilson and puts more blame on the team and coaches.

  16. Haha, It’s a 3 year, 39 million contract with ONLY 5 million guaranteed. It’s ALL incentive based and the Niners can get out of it after 1 year and only pay him 5 mill if he sucks. Totally team friendly contract.

  17. A cornerback that just had surgery on both Achilles. The source said that those almost always heal. I wonder if he meant one at any given time and not both at the same time.

  18. “3 years for $39M? Are they crazy? ”

    Worth up to $39 million. He won’t ever see anything close to that.

  19. jjfootball says:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:22 pm
    It was all about the money because who else would play for the 49ers?

    =================================================

    Jimmy G.

    And don’t you forget it!

  20. Sherman has always been a loudmouth, but then again he almost always backed it up. If he heals completely, this will be a good signing for the 49ers.

  21. jackedupboonie says:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Oh Clara Clara Clara, come out come out where ever you are!! 9 game win streak and counting….hopefully the great #25 can bring this rivalry back from the dead.

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    You’re literally the only guy who refers to the Niners as “Clara”, on this site and others. Please realize how incredibly lame your attempt at a dig is to prevent further embarrassment.

  22. My guess is he will get exposed like Brandon Browner did once he left Seattle. He is a scheme specific type player – he isn’t fast for a CB and coming off a rash of injuries. He played on a physical defense that emphasized contact with WRs off the line of scrimmage.

  23. He hasn’t been completely right for a couple seasons but still playing at a high level.
    Appreciate all he did for the Hawks and wish him well.
    If he heals up half way decent 9ers got a good one- good luck with the trade.
    One or both of these matchups has gotta be prime time- Monday Night football would be a classic!

  24. Seahawks fans aren’t going to trash him. “The Tip” will never be forgotten. San Fran is lucky to have him now, and he’s worth the money. I thought it was time to let him go because the Seahawks have too much money on the defense. I will miss him and I wish him well for 14 games

  25. john lynch has lost his mind

    sf is years away and now they are just renting sherman and he is
    using sf

    you don’t pay a cb with two blown out achilles pst 30, that kind of money

    these teams are crazy

  26. ratsfoiledagain says:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    Well, those that didn’t like him (San Fran fans) are now going to like/love him.

    However, if they still don’t like him I guess they’ll boo every pass defensed and Int he makes, right? Because he’s such a horrible person in many San Fran fans eyes.

    He’ll always be welcomed in Seattle. Even as a visitor

    I hate this. He will NEVER be a 9er. I wont ever support this “character”. I hope he sucks in preseason and gets cut before the final 53. if he makes the 53, i will watch him in silence if he does anything positive and be his biggest critic if he screws up. A very sad day for the true faithful. A sad day. A reprehensible character who doesnt deserve to wear the red and gold.

  27. ratsfoiledagain says:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    Well, those that didn’t like him (San Fran fans) are now going to like/love him.

    However, if they still don’t like him I guess they’ll boo every pass defensed and Int he makes, right? Because he’s such a horrible person in many San Fran fans eyes.

    I hate this. He will NEVER be a 9er. I wont ever support this “character”. I hope he sucks in preseason and gets cut before the final 53. if he makes the 53, i will watch him in silence if he does anything positive and be his biggest critic if he screws up. A very sad day for the true faithful. A sad day. A reprehensible character who doesnt deserve to wear the red and gold.

  28. He’s not coming ‘home’. Home is Compton or South Central or whatever they call the middle of LA. Home would be the Rams or Chargers.

    He went to Stanford so it’s familiar but it’s not home. Unless all Californians call the whole state ‘home’.

  29. It’s hard for me to look at his face and still not turn my nose up as a nine fan. That said, niners had to make a move like this at corner. I’d take Sherman over Talib. He’s not going to get himself in trouble.

    Also, he did not injure both achilles. He had a bone spur shaved off on his other foot that had been bothering him for quite sometime

  30. Amazing contract, depending on the details of course. 30 year old guy coming off surgery on both Achilles tendons? Wow, sign it quick.

    Is he even that good? I really haven’t seen much of him as I’m in the AFC South but what I’ve seen hasn’t been all that impressive.

  31. So many comments about how this is a “sick burn” to Seattle or something.

    The Seahawks cut him yesterday. They moved on. Probably for a reason.

  32. Let’s see the terms. I’m guessing it’s really a one year incentive-laden non-guaranteed contract. The 49ers aren’t idiots. This also doesn’t preclude them from going after Johnson.

  33. As a Seahawk fan I loved him, great to see him teaching up teammates even we couldn’t be out there.

    Good luck, I hope we make it real hard on him and compete compete compete.

  34. he’s going to add attidtide and ability — if the achilles is healed.

    this all happened so quickly. damn.

  35. toldlikeitis – Good stuff. Refreshing to read an informed/observant post on this site.
    I reside in Seattle and cannot find but one Hawks fan that doesn’t refer to him as being a first ballot HOF.

    Yes. Sherman is an atypical scheme specific corner. He had a lot of success in Seattle hiding behind the skirts of Earl Thomas and Cam Chancellor.
    To repeat myself.. He is a fine corner and a good add to a vastly improving SF squad. But no shut down corner. Never has been.
    As to the Achilles tear. Sherman never had much speed to afford losing any. He compensated by a high football I.Q., instincts and the aforementioned Thomas and Chancellor.
    To put it in the simplest terms. Watch any game when Thomas was out vs. Sherman being out. It’s quite evident.
    Here’s a question. If Sherman has success with SF does he sign a 1 year deal with Seattle and retire a Seahawk? Do any of these guys leaving the fold do the same?
    Will Carroll do a McCarthy maneuver after next season? Or will he just quit like he did when things got funky at USC.
    Sad to say but this past “dynasty” was as flimsy as that newby Seattle fan base.
    Many great Hawks fans around these parts.
    They deserve a rebuild with class.
    Fire Carroll and the vastly over rated Schneider. You’ll hate me now but agree within a year.
    Should have kept Scot McCloghan in the fold. I don’t have the time to explain so research it. Now the Browns have him. BIG mistake.

  36. This is what happens when you have too much cap space and no idea how to properly use it. Even before his injury, Sherman was in decline.

  37. terripet says:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:06 pm
    Better than the cheaters. He knew jimmy was better than Tommy

    ————

    Only at this point in their careers. Overall Brady is the GOAT SYSTEM QB.

  38. So they pay huge dollars for an unproven QB (those last few games against people playing for nothing were awesome) and now a CB with 2 repaired Achilles. And people think this is good? He won’t be ready to play by the start of the season. And you had problems with Kap’s mouth? Wait til you hear this guy. I thought this guy was the man at corner until his “system” fell apart. Remember Byron Maxwell and how everybody (us eagle fans as well) thought he was great? Guess what, he blows when you take him out of the system. The 49ers LB’s and front line isn’t good enough yet to protect Sherman from being beat on the deep ball. Look at last year, this dude got beat.

  39. I remember when we signed Deon but he was at his prime… This is more than epic and on par with getting Deon. It all hinges on Sherman healing up and passing the physical but getting him from Seattle is sweet ! I thought since Lynch and Sherman are Stanford alumnus that Sherman might join the 49ers !

  40. toldlikeitis – Good stuff. Refreshing to read an informed/observant post on this site.
    I reside in Seattle and cannot find but one Hawks fan that doesn’t refer to him as being a first ballot HOF.

    Yes. Sherman is an atypical scheme specific corner. He had a lot of success in Seattle hiding behind the skirts of Earl Thomas and Cam Chancellor.
    To repeat myself.. He is a fine corner and a good add to a vastly improving SF squad. But no shut down corner. Never has been.
    As to the Achilles tear. Sherman never had much speed to afford losing any. He compensated by a high football I.Q., instincts and the aforementioned Thomas and Chancellor.
    To put it in the simplest terms. Watch any game when Thomas was out vs. Sherman being out. It’s quite evident.
    Here’s a question. If Sherman has success with SF does he sign a 1 year deal with Seattle and retire a Seahawk? Do any of these guys leaving the fold do the same?
    Will Carroll do a McCarthy maneuver after next season? Or will he just quit like he did when things got funky at USC.
    Sad to say but this past “dynasty” was as flimsy as that newby Seattle fan base.
    Many great Hawks fans around these parts.
    They deserve a rebuild with class.
    Fire Carroll and the vastly over rated Schneider. You’ll hate me now but agree within a year.
    Should have kept Scot McCloghan in the fold. I don’t have the time to explain so research it. Now the Browns have him. BIG mistake.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Length of this post says you have plenty of time for your McCloghan explanation. Content of post makes the explanation undesirable. Thanks for withholding.

  41. Patsfan4lifebsbchamps

    Time to change your name to Patsfan4lifebformersbchamps

    Brady and BB got beat by a coach who knows how to beat them even with a backup in the biggest game of the year. Run the ball right at the middle of the D, and be aggressive.

    Montana never lost a SB. He’s the real GOAT. Listen to the soundfx version of the SB. The Pats defenders couldn’t believe the birds were just dismantling them. BB himself at one point fell just shy of telling Patricia they suck.

    And a guy defined as the GOAT would never walk off the field without congratulating his opponent. Ya know like your QB has done in all 3 of his losses.

  42. AWE dammit!
    We finally got rid of the bad smell Kaepernick left in the Bay, and now we get to, no HAVE to watch Sherm flap his rubber jaw on our home field! Recovering from two Achilles surgeries he’s gonna be grabbing & mugging guys left & right just to keep up… and guess who’s gonna be the MOST penalized team this next season??
    I getting drunk…like now…right after I go throw up!!

  43. Seattle is going to be terrible in 2018! Who is replacing the people they are letting go? 49ers made a good signing even if Sherman is never the same player he was by robbing the Seahawks of a well respected veteran leader. Reminds me of when the Eagles let Dawkins walk.

  44. eaglesmaina says:
    March 10, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Montana never lost a SB. He’s the real GOAT. Listen to the soundfx version of the SB.
    __________________________________________________________________________
    So according to your idiotic logic it’s better to lose in the divisional round rather than win and advance to the superbowl – OK, got it makes perfect sense coming from a Philly fan! Joe has 4 one and dones on his resume….people forget that

  45. eaglesmania is a delusional fella…they BARELY won the game. Congrats. Your team only needs to win 4 more to be in the same conversation as the Pats. You got lucky. Amazing…

  46. This makes sense in only one regard.
    SF D-Co Saleh runs the Seattle System.

    Familiarity/System fit.
    I’m in the camp with most 9er fans.
    Sherman was the most hated rival in the Division.
    Given the nature of ‘the business’ it’s hard to swallow nonetheless.
    Hoping he’s able to earn his pay on Sundays.

  47. 49er faithfull ? what a joke, their were a hand full of 49ers fans before their first super bowl, and where were they last year when they were losing like crazy, nothing but empty seats at home games!

  48. Remember fondly the good old days of earlier this week when pats super fan thought Talib and Sherman we’re both coming on the cheap. 2018 has been a brutal year to be a patsy.

  49. Always been slow. Will be even slower after those surgeries. Can only play zone. Can’t cover small quick receivers. That, on top of his horrible personality. Good luck sf, you gonna need it.

  50. The factor that always gets missed, be it Durant and Curry taking pay cuts or Sherman likely leaving money on the table by not waiting to let the market play out, is the investment value created by signing with a Bay Area team. Let’s just conservatively say Sherman sets aside 1 million a year for VC funding opportunities, where better to do that than here. Granted it’s not like if you play in Cleveland, it will be hard to give Silicon Valley your million. I just have to think that guys like Durant and Sherman know that their chance of 10 or 100x is WAY higher if you are local. And those guys, maybe, are less likely to be scam artists and leave you Brunelling your way to retirement.

  51. I am wondering if my Niners will ask him to play safety in view of his recent injuries. Always admired the guy’s playing ability but this feels surreal. Incidentally I think the Seahawks defense will still be strong next season and that Wilson is one heck of a player. Would love to see this rivalry and the one with the Rams back where they belong.

  52. Yep 41 points worth of luck. And when did you become a Pats fan? Oh right, right during the first super bowl they won like the majority of the rest of you. After this season y’all can get back under your rocks and put your Sox hats back on. Pats run while nice (not without a truck load of cheating, but nice) is over.

    Nobody wins a super bowl against the GREAT BB and TB12 by luck do they? That’s what your fan base is calling that win? Your team was outplayed in every aspect.

  53. I LOVE that you guys are as bitter as your QB who has a lack of respect for people who beat him also.

    Philly Philly – Philly Special – Nick Foles destroyed your defense – the illustrious GOAT and his offense couldn’t get it done when it mattered.

    Yep we love it here. Everybody has to have their first. Otherwise you can’t get to 4, and so on. I’d like to say see you there again, but we both know the reality of that happening. ZERO

  54. No one is happier than Pete Carrol that he’ll get to go after the self proclaimed “best CB in the NFL” twice a year. Pete will also be the first to point out to the refs, to look out for how much Sherman holds.

  55. BraceForImpact says:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm
    jackedupboonie says:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Oh Clara Clara Clara, come out come out where ever you are!! 9 game win streak and counting….hopefully the great #25 can bring this rivalry back from the dead.

    ———————————————–

    You’re literally the only guy who refers to the Niners as “Clara”, on this site and others. Please realize how incredibly lame your attempt at a dig is to prevent further embarrassment.

    There is no shame here. Check the 2nd comment. It’s the same comment on every story. Lame is the new cool here I suppose.

  56. terripetisaloser says:
    March 10, 2018 at 10:58 pm
    eaglesmania is a delusional fella…they BARELY won the game. Congrats. Your team only needs to win 4 more to be in the same conversation as the Pats. You got lucky. Amazing…

    ————————————

    I’ve never hated on the Pats and have always given them their props. But any Pats fan is lying to themselves if they can’t admit that bad coaching on Atlanta’s part did more to give them the SB 51 win, over the greatness of Brady. Atlanta was GASHING NE in the first half but only ran TWICE in the second half. Ten more second half runs would have chewed up at least 3 additional minutes off the clock.

  57. Why are people saying he’s going “home”? He’s from LA not SF. He went to Stanford which, like the team is not located in SF.

  58. terripet says:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:06 pm
    Better than the cheaters. He knew jimmy was better than Tommy

    ————————
    I dont think Indy was ever a consideration. Whats the topic again? Oh well, doesnt matter no matter whats being discussed Indy still isnt a consideration.

  59. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    March 10, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Only at this point in their careers. Overall Brady is the GOAT SYSTEM QB.

    ————————
    Which system? He has mastered so many at this point you have to be specific.

  60. Ah the irony. Will Niners fans forgive big-mouth Sherman? Will Sherman fit in the self-promoted “class” organization?

  61. Just another story where “What Would the Patriots Have Done?” comes up around the land…

    My two cents: Sherman was great for a few years, but there’s no other position in the game where losing a step can embarrass you and the team, and sadly, he’d already lost a step before blowing out that Achilles.

    Patriots wouldn’t overpay for that.

  62. 9er’s made a good sign. Sherman has experience and will help to make their defense better. Good luck Sherman!

    Seattle fan

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