49ers CB Richard Sherman defends self-negotiated contract, changing teams

Santa Clara CA USA Seattle Seahawks cornerback De Shawn Shead during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

"I definitely enjoyed the city of Seattle and I enjoyed the fans there and have tremendous love and appreciation for the years I've spent there and love and respect that they've given me over the years", Sherman said of his time in the Emerald City.

But there was plenty to glean from Sherman while he made his first public comments since departing Seattle and joining his fierce rival in the south bay. Sherman's deal, according to ProFootballTalk, comes with a full base value of $21.15 million, guarantees $3 million at signing and probably won't come close to $40 million when it's all said and done.

That Detroit wouldn't be willing to pony up for that puts a slight (but strong) limit on how far they're willing to go to upgrade the No. 2 cornerback position.

Sherman said: "I'm vengeful in that way".

Last season, the 49ers' pass defence ranked 24th in the league in yards allowed per attempt with 7.2, 22nd in yards allowed per game with 235 and 24th in passer rating allowed with 93.9. Could this have possibly played a role in him signing in San Francisco as well?

Richard Sherman officially has gone to the other side.

A four-time Pro Bowl player, Sherman played in nine games last season, recording 35 tackles and two interceptions.

Well here's a twist in the Richard-Sherman-to-the-49ers saga.

Sherman told ESPN he will be able to start running on a treadmill next week, having had surgery not only on his torn right Achilles in November but also a second procedure earlier this year to clean out bone spurs in his left ankle. The Seahawks released him and declined the opportunity to match the 49ers' offer.

Lorenzo Neal, a former standout fullback in the National Football League who now co-hosts Mornings with Joe, Lo and Dibs on San Francisco's 95.7 FM The Game, joined 710 ESPN Seattle's John Clayton to talk about the feeling in the Bay Area about the former archrival of the Niners jumping ship from the Seahawks. If Sherman returns to form, the 49ers will have locked up a top cornerback for a well-under-the-market rate. But I wanted to make sure. I love that I get to play in that stadium again - obviously, I'll be wearing different colors - trying my best to ruin their day perhaps. Sherman fills the 49ers void opposite Ahkello Witherspoon and adds veteran leadership to San Francisco's young defense.

Sherman's infamous rant after the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the 2014 NFC Championship marks a memorable chapter in the rivalry. Sherman represented himself in the negotiations, and is betting on himself with this deal.

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