Richard Sherman didn’t spent too long on the market. A day after he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks, the was scooped up by a division rival.
Sherman has been one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL since the beginning of the decade. He is perhaps the most recognizable face on what has been one of the NFL’s best teams during that stretch.
Last year, he had a major health setback, though. Sherman ruptured his Achilles in a November game against the Arizona Cardinals.
On Wednesday, it became clear that he was not going to be in Seattle in 2018. Multiple Seahawk teammates began to pay tribute to Sherman on social media.
Friday, that became official. The Seahawks officially released the four-time Pro Bowler.
A number of teams were speculated as fits, including the Cleveland Browns, who have a ton of cap room and made a bunch of huge moves Friday. The New England Patriots were another franchise floated as a fit.
Instead, he is staying in the NFC West. Richard Sherman will be a San Francsico 49er.
Sherman, who played his college ball at Stanford, returns to the Bay Area to continue his NFL career. He was drafted by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and hasn’t played for another franchise.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to break the news. The Niners and Sherman have agreed to a three-year deal.
And now it’s done: 49ers and CB Richard Sherman reached agreement tonight on a three-year deal, source tells ESPN.
Sherman is a 49er.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2018
Ian Rapaport scored the financial information on the deal. Sherman’s three-year deal is worth $39 million, with $5 million guaranteed.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2018
The 49ers are becoming one of the most interesting teams in the NFL. The team acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots during the season, and he shined down the stretch last fall. Now, they have a bona fide defensive star joining the roster.