Sherman said Schneider told him, "Incentives [are] a little rich for me". "I didn't abandon anybody". And I am absolutely ecstatic (read my article on why the 49ers should sign him here).
During an interview with KIRO-AM, Sherman stated that the Seahawks were set to release him and thus, break apart what has been a vaunted defense for the Seahawks since 2012.
Sherman then celebrated a Thanksgiving night win in a road game against the 49ers the following season by eating a turkey leg on the 50-yard line.
"I don't think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract", the headstrong Sherman said. But Sherman is human, and he wants them to know one thing.
Just 28 hours after Seattle released the All-Pro cornerback, he was sitting in the offices of 49ers general manager John Lynch, hammering out the details of a complex three-year deal ... and doing so by himself, without additional representation.
Shead, who turns 29 in June, started for a season and a half opposite Sherman at right cornerback before he tore his ACL in a playoff game in January 2017.
Sherman, however, suffered a ruptured Achilles last fall, and whether he'll be able to return to top form is unknown.
And some of the incentives initially reported as being tie to the Pro Bowl are instead tied to making the All-Pro team, a much tougher task - $1 million for making it to the Pro Bowl and $2 million for making the All-Pro team. His deflection on a potential winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won. Sherman made a decision to reach out to the three other National Football League teams that had shown the most interest in him to see if they would be able to match the incentives. He had been due to make a simple $11 million base salary for the Seahawks in 2018. "Now, if I play the way I know I'm capable of playing, I know I'm going to get paid". He them told The MMQB it includes guarantees that roll over each season if he makes the Pro Bowl.
Sherman played an integral role in the fierce NFC West rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco earlier this decade.