John Lynch and the 49ers are getting praised for their decision to give Richard Sherman an incentive bonus, despite Sherman not necessarily reaching the incentive mark.
Sherman was one of San Francisco’s defensive leaders throughout the 2019 season, helping the Niners win the NFC Championship and reach the Super Bowl. Despite Sherman’s age, he still serves as a valuable asset for one of the league’s top teams.
The veteran CB’s contract with the 49ers relies primarily on incentives. One of those incentives includes a 90 percent play-time mark, which would grant a $1 million bonus.
Sherman missed the 90 percent mark in the 2019 season, but the 49ers have decided to still pay him the bonus. Lynch is getting praised for the gesture, showing his loyalty to the 31-year-old CB. NFL insider Field Yates has the details:
Source: the 49ers gave All-Pro CB Richard Sherman a $1M signing bonus to account for the 90% play-time incentive he narrowly missed out on last season. GM John Lynch told Sherman he would do as much, as the team does right by their defensive leader in a nice gesture.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 21, 2020
Sherman played in and started 15 games for the 49ers last season. The veteran defensive back compiled 61 total tackles and three picks, including one pick-six.
Sherman helped lead one of the best defensive units in all of football last year. The 49ers finished the regular season with a 13-3 record prior to winning the NFC Championship and reaching the Super Bowl.
Sherman and San Francisco aim to reach the Super Bowl once again in 2020.