Richard Sherman Explains Jimmy Garoppolo's Impact On His Free-Agent Decision

Richard Sherman to leave the Seattle Seahawks signs with the San Francisco 49ers

Over the weekend, the 49ers got their first substantial chance to put Garoppolo-as-selling-point to the test with cornerback Richard Sherman. The news that he was signed by the 49ers, though?

The deal is reportedly for three years and worth up to $13.95 million.

Though they're not a finished product yet, San Francisco are set up to fight for the playoffs when they carry over a five-game winning streak into next season.

"Sherman called Detroit coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn", King wrote, "incentive package too rich for Detroit's blood".

He added, "I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there". He has recorded 154 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and 24 pass deflections in his career. He's coming off a torn Achilles so it'll be interesting how effective he'll be this season.

Sherman was an overlooked fifth-round draft pick who went on to become a two-time All-Pro who helped anchor a defense that was the league's best for several years. The best comparison this year would be Vontae Davis, a lesser corner than Sherman. The Seahawks don't want to be paying a premium price for a cornerback entering the final year of his contract with an injury concern. High-end incentives can increase the value to $8 million. "We played well together, we trust one another". But then Jimmy, the way he played.

Had Sherman taken the prove-it option, he would have been 31 when hitting free agency in 2019. John had already informed DeShawn that his contract was expiring after this year, and the Seattle Seahawks are just living up to their word.

Just ask Joe Thomas, who got absolutely burned by Sherman on Twitter earlier today. A tolling contract would have required the Seahawks to pay him the same in 2018 as they did in 2017, $1.2 million. But the trade-off is big, because it locks him into $9.05 million per season in 2019 and '20. He is expected to reach that figure due to a $3 million signing bonus, $2 million for passing a physical on the first day of training camp, and $2 million base salary, per ProFootballTalk. The Hawks were headed to the Super Bowl for the first time.

Those numbers are in no way comparable to those of the players mentioned above. Although Sherman will be getting a $3 million signing bonus, he'll have to earn pretty much every penny after that. And millions more were guaranteed at signing in those cases.

Along the way, Sherman was a thorn in the 49ers side with great plays and pointed comments.

The NFC West is going to be fun this year.

Well, why? Because they're incentivized by players using agents for this thing.

Sherman saw more to the 49ers than Garoppolo.

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