Former Seahawks corner Richard Sherman has caused quite the stir with his comments surrounding his decision to join the 49ers this weekend.
After a seemingly amicable parting between the four-time All Pro and the Seahawks organisation, Sherman revealed to Peter King of the MMQB that his reasons for linking up with the 9ers were 'vengeful'.
King revealed that niners GM John Lynch knew he had one over other teams: “We had something no other team could offer,” Lynch said. “The ability to play Seattle twice a year,”.
Responding to Lynch's comments, Sherman said: “I’m vengeful in that way.", before explaining his sudden will to stick it to Seattle stemmed from some of the more questionable actions of fans who burned his jersey after learning of his departure.
"I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there." he said.
"It was such a great opportunity. I helped the organization get to a great place and stay there. But now it’s like I abandoned them. People are out there burning my jersey. Come on. I’m not the one who let me go. They let me go. I didn’t abandon anybody.”
He's not wrong! For all the success and entertainment he brought to the 12's, even if he had chosen to leave it would be outrageous to display such hatred for a legend of Seattle sports.
So Sherman, who's always played with a chip on his shoulder due to his fifth-round draft selection, has found a new motivating factor.
Joining the Seahawks most bitter divisional rivals, with whom he's shared multiple fearsome battles, gives him the chance to face his old team twice a year. Armed with a fearsome offense, and a young, improving defense, Sherman could help turn the rivalry back on it's head.
The niners players at least seemed pumped to have him joining them! None more so than veteran offensive lineman Joe Staley, who's faced up against Sherman in some heated battles in the past.
The Seahawks also reportedly turned down the chance to match the niners offer, which Sherman had negotiated himself.
The two parties agreed to a three-year incentive laden deal worth up to $39.15 million.
Sherman noted that the contract contains guarantees that roll over to the following season if he makes the Pro Bowl:
"I don't think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract," he said. "As long as I'm content with what I'm making, nothing else matters to me...Once I make a Pro Bowl, $8 million the next year is guaranteed for me. It gives me the ability to control my destiny"
It will highly captivating, though a little strange, to watch the All Pro corner lining up at Century Link for an opposing team next season. Knowing Sherman, there will be fireworks.
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