The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Richard Sherman to a three-year contract on Sunday. The 2017 season was a hard one for the 31-year-old Cromartie, who didn't have an interception and was suspended for one game by then-coach Ben McAdoo for leaving practice without permission.
And at the very least, the new deal gives Sherman the chance to stick it to his old team at least twice a year. Sherman chose to reach out to the three other National Football League teams that had shown the most interest in him to see if they would be able to match the incentives.
Responding to Lynch's comments, Sherman said: "I'm vengeful in that way.", before explaining his sudden will to stick it to Seattle stemmed from some of the more questionable actions of fans who burned his jersey after learning of his departure.
Late in the negotiation process, in which Sherman represented himself, an agreement on most of the incentives had been reached. "I didn't abandon anybody".
NFL Network reported Saturday that Sherman had scheduled a visit with the Detroit Lions, who were also interested. Still, it's a hedge for the 49ers as Sherman continues recovery from a torn Achilles tendon suffered November 9 at Arizona.
"Richard is one of the premier competitors Kyle and I have ever encountered", 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. His deflection on a potential winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won.
"Would I go to a young secondary that is like we were when we were younger and help them grow and help them advance?" I have skin in the game.
The contract includes a similar scenario for the 2020 season (with a base salary of $8 million if he has made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and that becomes guaranteed on the third day of the league year and fully guaranteed on April 1).
"I don't think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract", he said.
"I would assume if I leave, some of the things in this deal would get walked back", Sherman said to Lynch in King's piece. If he does return to form and meet the incentives, such as playing in 90 percent of the defensive snaps and making the Pro Bowl and being named an All-Pro in each of the next three seasons, then for the 49ers, Sherman will be worth every penny.