49ers make deal with (former devil), Richard Sherman

DeShawn Shead warms up before the game at AT&T Stadium. Shead was re-activated by the Seahawks and is expected to play Sunday

They reportedly had a meeting in place with Richard Sherman before the former Seahawks agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. That would be one year older than Darrelle Revis was when he signed a $14 million contract with $39 million guaranteed with the Jets in 2015.

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.

The New York Giants have formally cut veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after the two sides were unable to rework his contract.

Sherman, who played at Stanford before becoming a fifth-round draft pick for the Seahawks in 2011, made it clear that he is still out to prove doubters wrong. "He was a guy who came out with similar measurables to me, you know, height and weight, and things like that". Seattle, interestingly enough, wanted the first right of refusal on any offer, and so Sherman called Seahawks GM John Schneider. The second is the clincher; he later says he warned the 49ers sideline, "If you throw it my way, it will end the game". On Saturday, Sherman - acting as his own agent - and John Lynch and Paraag Marathe met for five hours to haggle out a contract. A three-year deal was finalized over the weekend including a physical in which medical personnel signed off on Sherman's surgically repaired Achilles.

Richard Sherman is probably one of the most high-profile free agents now sitting on the market and his release from Seattle merited immediate attention from just about every team in the league.

The tolling rule applies to players who, in the final season of their contract, remain on PUP as of their team's sixth regular-season game.

The 49ers contacted Sherman nearly immediately following his release. I have tremendous love and appreciation for the years that I've spent there and the love and respect that they've given me over the years. "I love the [Seattle] fan base to death, and I loved playing there". In November, Sherman sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon in one leg and later had a minor surgery to clean up bone spurs in the other.

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.

Sherman's ability to mentor a young secondary is a key component to his arrival. Like Sherman, Witherspoon is a big cornerback (6-foot-3) ideal for Robert Saleh's scheme.

As PFT also noted "Making the Pro Bowl in 2018 makes the 2019 salary of $8 million guaranteed for injury as of the third day of the league year". We know he can play corner, and we like the way he plays at corner, but everything is open.

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