'Optimus Prime', 'The Shermanator." These are a couple of the monikers that Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman goes by. And unlike most times in the news, yesterday's headline was not nearly as controversial as usual.
The Seattle Seahawks have made sure that they keep their assets long term this offseason and they did that one more time by resigning Sherman.
He's been inked to a 4 year, $57.4 million extension, $40 million of which is guaranteed. Optimus Prime is by far and away the best corner in the league now and the extension makes him the highest paid corner in history.
A deal would have caused an uproar in the 90's but in this day and age where players performance raises their market value, this deal makes a lot of sense for Seattle.
It used to be a debate on who the best corner especially with Darrelle Revis or "Revis Island" at the top of his game, but with Revis dealing with a number of injuries he is slowly declining.
On top of that, it isn't like Sherman waited around for Revis Island to hobble over, no, Richard Sherman has performed at a higher and higher level recording 8 interceptions in both 2012 and 2013.
With Sherman re-signed, Seattle now has their defensive core intact for years to come including safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, note the former also recently became the highest paid safety.
That little tidbit does spark some debate though, especially when it comes to QB Russell Wilson. Wilson has proved that he can be reliable and consistent as a quarterback in this league and even though he has a killer running game around him (aka Marshawn Lynch) and a stellar defense to keep the team in games, he has stepped up.
All eyes will be on Seattle and what they do contract wise with Russell Wilson when the time comes but until then, the Seahawks will have their eyes set on defending their SuperBowl championship.
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