You can count Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas among the people who thought that Sherman negotiated a horrible deal for himself. Thomas wasnt impressed with the incentive-filled contract and he let Sherman know on Twitter.
Sherman, arguably the most hated opposing player in recent 49ers history, signed a three-year deal reportedly worth up to $39.1 million with the 49ers on Saturday. He signed just one day after the Seahawks released him. The Seahawks were reportedly interested in re-signing Sherman, but he wasnt interested in taking a pay cut. The Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions reportedly were also interested in Sherman.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Thomas wrote that Sherman got “absolutely crushed” by the 49ers during negotiations.
The decision to sign Sherman indicates the 49ers are comfortable with Shermans rehab from two separate surgeries on his left and right Achilles tendon. The initial surgery was to repair his ruptured right Achilles tendon he sustained in November. A more recent minor surgery was to remove bone spurs.
The former Seahawks cornerback is getting a three-year, $39 million deal that includes almost no guaranteed money. Although Sherman will be getting a $3 million signing bonus, hell have to earn pretty much every penny after that.
When fans pointed out on Twitter that it was a good deal because it would give Sherman a chance to prove himself in a year where hes coming off an Achilles injury, Thomas disagreed. According to the Browns Pro Bowler, if Sherman wanted to prove himself, he should have signed a one-year deal, instead of letting the 49ers sit on his rights for three years.
Although Sherman will be getting a $3 million signing bonus, a $2 million base salary for 2018 and a $2 million roster bonus if he passes a physical by the first day of training camp, most of his money is tied into postseason accolades.
“It kind of reignited that gasoline fire that I always had burning,” Sherman told reporters Monday. “It just threw a lot more gas on it and I appreciate that and Im thankful for this motivation and inspiration. I have a lot of people to show.”
If Sherman gets voted to the Pro Bowl in 2018, hell get an extra $1 million. If hes named an All-Pro, which is slightly more difficult then getting voted to the Pro Bowl, then Sherman will earn another $2 million. Also, if Sherman is voted to the Pro Bowl in 2018, a total of $16 million in base salary for 2019 and 2020 seasons will become fully guaranteed. Sherman would get $8 million in base salary for each season, with one catch: The money doesnt become fully guaranteed until the third day of the league year in March 2019.
Richard Sherman says decision to join San Francisco 49ers was vengeful
The problem with Sherman pinning his financial hopes on a Pro Bowl berth or All-Pro honors in 2018 is that most players arent effective on the field in their first year after an Achilles tear, according to Thomas.
Its actually a case of believing in who I am as a player while also coming of a major injury. But I appreciate ya input
“We had a good conversation and he’s going to give me my number, which is cool and a testament to him,” Sherman said. “He’s a great guy. And he told me the story of why he wore the number and it actually meant a lot to him. So I appreciated him being willing to give me a chance at it.”
The 49ers cornerback also defended his negotiating skills during an interview with MMQB.com.
“I dont think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract,” Sherman said. “As long as Im content with what Im making, nothing else matters to me.”
When it comes down to it, thats all that matters: If Sherman is happy, then its a good deal, even if its not actually a good deal, and Thomas doesnt think its a good deal.
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Not too long ago, San Francisco was considered a cellar-dwelling franchise devoid of talent with a long road ahead to relevance. The 49ers were without a franchise quarterback, and fresh off two seasons of absolute ineptitude under Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly, were without a win through nine weeks of the 2017 season.
Then came Jimmy Garoppolo, and just over a month later, a Week 13 win over Chicago. San Francisco hasnt lost since.
The Niners are also winning in free agency so far, bringing in veteran corner Richard Sherman on a low-risk, three-year deal. The standout defender who made his name as a leader of the Legion of Boom defense in Seattle admitted Garoppolos presence made the 49ers a much more attractive destination.
"That had a huge part. The way he played down the stretch was inspiring, it was incredible," Sherman said, via The Mercury News. "Sometimes quarterbacks can get hot and the next year fall off the face of the Earth and you do not hear from them again.
"What I saw from him was poise, I saw leadership, I saw the respect from his teammates, and I saw a command of the offense, and hed only been there a few weeks."
In that short span of time, the Niners went from being an also-ran to an exciting team with a promising future. That attracted Sherman, whos coming off an Achilles injury — "I think our goal is to have him back for training camp," general manager John Lynch told NFL Networks Steve Wyche on Monday — and ready to lead a younger defense.
"Well, I think its huge," Lynch said of the impact Garoppolo has on being able to sell the 49ers to prospective free agents. "That position, first of all. But then Jimmy, the way he played. Is it a short sample size? Sure. And we all know that. But I can just tell you from the response we got from Richard and from other people around the league, its a game-changer for us."
A game-changer that landed Sherman, who was representing himself in negotiations. No knock on the young quarterback, but had San Francisco been forced to finish 2017 with C.J. Beathard, its simply less likely Sherman is in red and gold right now. Hes only the first new addition to a team flush with cap space and a GM in Lynch whos hungry to add more "guys that are really a great fit for the culture that weve helped establish here in the first year," the GM said.
Plenty of credit for that culture shift is due to Garoppolo. Perhaps more is in store for the whole group.