Richard Sherman Signs a Three Year Deal with the San Francisco 49ers

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GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 09: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals is unable to complete the pass against cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of the NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 9, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Richard Sherman, once an icon of the Seattle Seahawks, now has found a new city to call home. Sherman’s time as a free agent lasted roughly one day, which speaks to Sherman’s impressive track record. Four Pro Bowl selections, four All-Pro selections, and interception crown, and a Super Bowl championship marked the 29-year-old’s time in Seattle. Now, he has reportedly agreed to a three year deal with the San Francisco 49ers worth $39 million.

Richard Sherman Signs a Three Year Deal with the San Francisco 49ers

From 2017 to 2011, Richard Sherman had a career in Seattle that was filled with memorable moments. And yet, one of the last memorable moments Seattle Seahawks fans will remember, aside from him signing with the 49ers, is Sherman mouthing the words “tore my Achilles” to a teammate. It was those words that marked the end of Sherman’s time in Seattle. He injured his Achilles in a Thursday night game, something Sherman had been critical about in the past, against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite only playing nine games last season, PFF gave Sherman a 82.7 score, which was good enough for 33rd best at his position.

In 2016 Sherman played a full season for the Seahawks. In that season he ranked, according to PlayerProfiler, seventh best in target rate (7.1%) and 18th best in catch rate allowed (51.9%). While those numbers may not jump out right off the bat, they help to tell a larger story. And that story is one dominant play by Sherman. Since 2011, Sherman’s first year, Sherman ranks first in interceptions (32), first in passes defended (99), first in completion percentage allowed (47.4%), and first in passer rating allowed (50.9). That’s quite the resume he is bringing to the 49ers.

In San Francisco, Sherman will be joining 49er’s Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh. Saleh was the Defensive Quality Control Coach in Seattle from 2011 through the 2013 season. Saleh has also made no secret that he draws some inspiration from the Seahawk defense. Which means that Sherman should adapt to the new system easily. Sherman’s history in the area as a Stanford Cardinal also likely made this an attractive spot for the then free agent.

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