Sherman's contract with the 49ers theoretically could pay him up to $39 million through 2020, but guarantees him only $3 million, a big difference. The Seahawks were reportedly interested in re-signing Sherman, but he wasn't interested in taking a pay cut. Then Sherman gets $2 million roster bonus on the first day of camp if he passes a physical. Not only did the signing make headlines because of the destination, but also because Sherman himself negotiated the deal, himself.
Ward is due $8.53 million in base salary this year on his fifth-year option, a large figure for someone whose battled injuries and switched positions (nickel back to outside cornerback to free safety) while starting just 24 games since 2014.
If Sherman gets voted to the Pro Bowl in 2018, he'll get an extra $1 million. What I saw from him was poise. The 49ers have skin in the game.
A four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro in his seven seasons with the Seahawks, Sherman said the contract was an example of believing in himself, despite coming off of surgery to fix a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered last November. Thomas maintains it takes two years, not one, to regain the same stamina. Thomas wasn't impressed with the incentive-filled contract and he let Sherman know on Twitter. He's familiar with the defensive scheme and the coordinator running it, Robert Saleh, a former Seahawks assistant who joined Sherman, Sherman's fiancee Ashley and coach Kyle Shanahan at Friday night's recruitment dinner in Los Gatos.
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"I didn't necessarily watch his highlights, but I watched tape on any of the young guys", Sherman said.
Thomas then replied: "My input is always free, but rarely appreciated!"
"Not too long after that, I got on a plane to San Francisco". After the 49ers made it official on Sunday, Seahawks faithful set the four-time Pro Bowler's jerseys on fire.
In addition, Sherman noted his desire to stay on the West Coast, where he has family (he's slated to get married at the end of the month), his ties to the Bay Area from his time at nearby Stanford and, of course, his desire to play against the Seahawks a couple of times a year in the NFC West.