Richard Sherman: I didn't abandon anybody

Richard Sherman: I didn't abandon anybody

Paraag Marathe, executive vice president of football operations for the 49ers, said Sherman was prepared to leave with the best possible offer.

Sherman smiled. "I've been at the 1-yard line before", he said, "and it didn't go so well".

Sherman, of course, will turn 30 on March 30 and tore his Achilles tendon in November, factors which prompted his release from the Seahawks and impacted his market value.

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.

Sherman received an incentive-laden three-year, $39 million contract that he negotiated himself as his own agent.

It's not just business for newly signed 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman.

The Seahawks declined a chance to match the contract offer Sherman received from the 49ers, according to an account of the negotiations published Monday on Monday Morning Quarterback on (Sherman wrote for the site for a year or so during his Seahawks career). They let me go.

Sherman played an integral role in the fierce NFC West rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco earlier this decade. "I didn't abandon anybody".

Howe added that Sherman's interest in the Pats was "real" and that he strongly believes Sherman would've taken less money to be Tom Brady's teammate. And I am absolutely ecstatic (read my article on why the 49ers should sign him here).

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. And the 49ers can get out of the deal before April 1, 2019, even if Sherman makes the Pro-Bowl guaranteeing his base salary for that season. The 10-year pro was due to make $6.5 million in salary, with a cap hit of $8.5 million.