Richard Sherman: 49ers paying $1 million bonus even though playing time falls short

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The contract Richard Sherman signed with the 49ers in 2018 calls for him to get a $1 million bonus if he plays in at least 90 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season. Sherman will not do that, but he’ll get the money anyway.

Sherman said 49ers General Manager John Lynch already told him the 49ers are going to pay him that $1 million playing time bonus, even though Sherman has already missed too many snaps for him to be able to reach 90 percent.

“John and I had a conversation early in the year about that,” Sherman said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “And they . . . had already given me that incentive. So there’s no incentive for me, in terms of financial, for me to be like ‘I’ve got to come back to get this amount of money.’ It’s always what’s best for the team.”

So far this season Sherman has played 85.5 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps, and even if he were to play every defensive snap in the last two games, there would be no way to make up for the one full game he missed with an injury, plus parts of other games when he wasn’t on the field, and reach 90 percent of the season.

But the 49ers, like other teams, will sometimes give a player an incentive if he comes close enough. In this case, the 49ers would rather reward a good player for a good year than quibble over a relatively small number of snaps.

29 responses to “Richard Sherman: 49ers paying $1 million bonus even though playing time falls short

  1. Unfortunatley Seattle couldn’t afford him and Earl for what they wanted at the time. Happy for both to be playing well (Pro-bowls!) and I still like them as players.

    Hoping they get another Superbowl ring if they aren’t up against Seattle.

  2. Next time, don’t negotiate a bonus requiring that you play 90 percent of the snaps.

    Regards

    Fullbacks that have incentives for superbowl MVP

  3. Good. Anything the ‘Niners brass can do to keep Sherman from whining about this or that is a plus for all football fans.

    Not since Eli Manning has there been such an overrated NFL player – at least Eli has the good sense to keep his mouth shut and count his $23 million salary as he sits on the bench while Danny Dimes invents new ways to fumble the football.

  4. Glad to see the 49ers didn’t York this up. Sherman has been playing lights out this year. Julio Jones proved that with his performance last week against a Sherman-less Niners defense.

  5. Imagine if they didn’t give it to him…he’d set that locker room on fire like he did in Seattle. It’s not so much a “classy” move for SF as it was a necessary one for team chemistry heading into the playoffs.

  6. footballpat says:
    December 21, 2019 at 11:24 am
    Is this the equivalent of a participation trophy?
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    Sherman is a great CB. He’s in the pro bowl, which means that coaches and other players think he’s a great CB.

    Now the Niners Organization is showing that they have class. They see how Sherman has taken control of the secondary…how he tutors the younger guys.

  7. Sherman helped keep Lamar from having another insane statistical day running and passing a few weeks back.

    Then they lost without him to the Falcons of all teams.

    He is very valuable to that team.

    Kudos to Lynch. If he knows anything its defense.

  8. No need to squabble over 1 million to a good person and player when your franchise is on the cusp of a Superbowl run. Said franchise is probably making a billion in revenue this year as well.

  9. The Niners have been making good decisions the past couple of years. One has to wonder if Eddie DeBartolo has taken back HIS team and is really calling the shots and reigned in his silver-spoon punk nephew, Jed York.

  10. Any cap experts who can explain this? I thought the CBA dictated that this wasn’t allowed and that the contract would actually have to be reworked/reworded to accommodate such a bonus. The reason being that incentives are classified as LTBE (likely to be earned) and NLTBE (not likely) bonuses. NLTBE bonuses that are earned are kicked into next years cap, correct?

  11. Why is he blabbing about it?

    Seattle didn’t pay Sherman or Earl Thomas because besides the fact both are still turnt over the Super Bowl blunder, they wanted over the top compensation from the Seahawks and if they had signed the same deals they signed with Clara and Baltimore….both would have still been jaded and acted like the money was for past play instead of proving themselves on new teams and being thankful towards their new organizations.

  12. 9ers showing class and integrity in valuing their players. Other teams could take a page from their management playbook. Love watching these guys compete!

  13. This guy is a liar and a poor example for anyone to emulate. SF should give him a box of what is spread all over their city. Gift wrapped of course.

  14. Good for SF and Sherman. To get to 85 percent of Defensive snaps is quite a feat. Not many players get to that level throughout the season.

  15. clssylssy says:
    December 21, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    9ers showing class and integrity in valuing their players. Other teams could take a page from their management playbook. Love watching these guys compete!
    +++
    You act as if the Niners are the only team ever to do this. They aren’t, and won’t be. Technically they, and other teams that have done this, are under no contractual obligation to pay this out.

    It’s more about how important he is to the defense, and team, as a leader.

    His actions on Seattle his lat year, with his melt down during the Tennessee game, and his press conference, threatening to ruin a reporters career, sealed his fate with the Seahawks.

  16. redgonewild says:
    December 21, 2019 at 1:07 pm
    Any cap experts who can explain this? I thought the CBA dictated that this wasn’t allowed and that the contract would actually have to be reworked/reworded to accommodate such a bonus. The reason being that incentives are classified as LTBE (likely to be earned) and NLTBE (not likely) bonuses. NLTBE bonuses that are earned are kicked into next years cap, correct?

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    I’ve been folowing/tracking the 49ers cap since the mid 2000s, but teams can pay a player a bonus if not earned, not sure if the $1M Play Time will count in 2020, his Pro Bowl for $1M will though.

  17. Quite a negotiator was the maniacal dope from compton. Again he relies on charity and doesn’t know it.

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