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Richard Sherman | Defensive Back | #25

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/30/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (154) / SEA
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Speaking at his introductory press conference with the 49ers on Tuesday, Richard Sherman (Achilles) said he expects to be back on the field by May or June.
He's recovering from a ruptured Achilles and also had surgery to remove bone spurs earlier this offseason. If Sherman's timetable is accurate, he should be healthy well in advance of training camp and might even be back for the very end of OTAs. The four-time All-Pro selection defected to the rival Niners after being let go by Seattle earlier this month. Mar 20 - 3:19 PM

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The only guaranteed portion of Richard Sherman's three-year, $39 million contract is his $3 million signing bonus.

Sherman has been representing himself, so this contract is sure to be criticized by the agent community. So if Sherman doesn't recover smoothly from his Achilles' surgeries, the 49ers could conceivably release him before the season and be on the hook for only $3 million. Sherman also agreed to turn $6 million of his total potential earnings into per-game roster bonuses, paid only if Sherman is on the active, game-day roster. It's an incredibly team-friendly deal.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 11:34 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Richard Sherman is expected to be ready for training camp.

Sherman underwent surgery on his torn Achilles in mid-November. The operation comes with a 6-8 month recovery, putting his return somewhere between mid-May and mid-July. Sherman did take a physical during his meeting with the 49ers and all signs point to him participating in camp.
Mar 10 - 9:31 PM

49ers signed CB Richard Sherman, formerly of the Seahawks, to a three-year, $39.15 million contract.

The deal includes a $5 million signing bonus. It took Sherman just over 24 hours to land a new team after being let go by the Seahawks on Friday. Some thought Sherman would have to settle for a one-year, prove-it deal coming off a torn Achilles, but obviously the Niners had no qualms about his health. The 29-year-old has been one of the league's best corners since arriving as a fifth-round pick in 2011 and gives San Francisco's secondary an immediate boost. It's a homecoming of sorts for Sherman, who played collegiately at Stanford. By staying in the NFC West, Sherman will get to suit up against his former mates twice a year.
Mar 10 - 7:54 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the 49ers are discussing a three-year deal with free agent Richard Sherman.

Sherman has been meeting with San Francisco since 4 PM ET. The up-and-coming Niners are a strong fit for Sherman, who played his college ball at nearby Stanford. Clearly San Francisco has no concern over Sherman's torn Achilles, which sidelined him for the final seven games of 2017. It looks like the 49ers are doing everything they can to lock Sherman up before he meets with other teams next week.
Mar 10 - 6:59 PM

NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reports free agent Richard Sherman was still meeting with the 49ers on Saturday, but that he has scheduled a visit with the Lions.

The 49ers seem to be working hard on keeping Sherman in town but visiting Detroit would be an easy way to increase his leverage. Sherman is serving as his own agent during the process. Sherman would be aligning with Matt Patricia in Detroit, who has extensive experience scheming for alpha No. 1 corners.
Mar 10 - 2:56 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Richard Sherman's first visit is with the 49ers and "there's a real chance it's his last."

The 49ers reportedly "want to make sure" Sherman is healing from his Achilles' injury. If his recovery is going well they will try to get a contract done. Sherman has also received "preliminary interest" from the Titans, Lions, Raiders, Texans, Bucs, and Packers. The 49ers are a rapidly improving team with plenty of cap space. They also play a similar defensive scheme to Seattle under DC Robert Saleh and will get to match up against Sherman's former team twice a year. This seems to be nearly a perfect match.
Mar 10 - 9:07 AM

Free agent Richard Sherman said he'll be "in contact" with the Seahawks.

The Seahawks released Sherman on Friday but apparently the team would be open to bringing him back at a reduced cost. "They wanted the financial flexibility going into free agency but expressed that they wanted me to return and will be in contact," told Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. Even coming off a torn Achilles, Sherman should draw widespread interest on the open market. With the Seahawks strapped for cap space, reuniting with Sherman seems like a long shot.
Mar 9 - 2:09 PM

Seahawks released CB Richard Sherman.

It's the end of an era in Seattle; Sherman was a three-time first-team All-Pro and picked off 32 passes across seven seasons. The Legion of Boom is undergoing mass overhaul, losing another one of its key elements. Sherman turns 30 later this month and is coming off a torn Achilles' last season. He's not 100 percent yet and also had surgery to remove a bone spur from his other heel earlier this offseason. Sherman will undoubtedly draw plenty of interest on the open market, but he has his question marks. He's largely played zone defense in Seattle, is coming off a serious injury, and is turning 30. The Patriots reportedly poked around on Sherman in trade talks last offseason and likely will have interest again this year after missing out on Aqib Talib. The Seahawks save $11 million in cap space with this move but have a huge hole in the secondary.
Mar 9 - 12:39 PM

The Seattle Times confirms the Seahawks are expected to release Richard Sherman ahead of the new league year, but that they will be open to re-signing him at a lower price.

That presumably means Sherman has already declined to take a pay cut on his scheduled $11 million salary. We doubt Sherman will be terribly interested in re-signing with the team that cut him. Sherman will be eligible to sign the second he's released but it's possible he will take his time as he recovers from Achilles' operations to both feet.
Mar 8 - 4:03 PM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports the Seahawks will release CB Richard Sherman within the next two days.

Silver noted the Seahawks "would be open to re-signing him at a lower rate," but it's fair to wonder if Sherman simply wants out at this point. Sherman clashed with the coaching staff last season and has undergone two Achilles surgeries. Turning 30 later this month, Sherman will be a complicated free agent case.
Mar 7 - 7:38 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Richard Sherman "has told teammates goodbye over the last 24 hours" and says he won't be on the Seahawks in 2018.

Rapoport's colleague, Tom Pelissero, reports Sherman will meet with GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll on Wednesday to "discuss his future." This all started with a cryptic tweet from teammate CB Jeremy Lane, suggesting Sherman was leaving the team. The Seahawks can save $11 million in cap space by cutting Sherman, who is entering the final year of his deal. The hangup, however, is that Sherman is not even close to being healthy after tearing his right Achilles' last season and then needing a cleanup on his left one this offseason. This situation bears watching in the coming hours and days leading up the new league year. Sherman denies RapSheet's report.
Mar 7 - 1:56 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Richard Sherman underwent a "minor cleanup" procedure on his left Achilles.

Sherman ruptured his right Achilles in November, but he was always expected to undergo a cleanup procedure on the other Achilles at some point this offseason. Sherman was pictured wearing a boot on his left foot this week, suggesting he recently underwent the surgery. Sherman should be ready to go near the beginning of training camp.
Mar 1 - 12:36 PM

Richard Sherman expects to be back with the Seahawks in 2018.

When asked if he had any doubts about returning to the Seahawks next season, Sherman said, "not in my mind." Coming off a torn Achilles that cost him the final seven games of 2017, Sherman will represent himself in contract negotiations. The 29-year-old will earn $11 million in the final year of his deal.
Feb 9 - 3:03 PM

Contract-year CB Richard Sherman plans to represent himself in negotiations with the Seahawks.

"I'm sure we'll have some communication," Sherman said of offseason talks with the 'Hawks. "I'm representing myself. The whole agent thing is really overrated at this point." It's a bold gambit from an unconventional player. Sherman and the Seahawks have appeared headed for a divorce at the end of his current deal but there is plenty of time for that to change. Sherman turns 30 in March.
Feb 8 - 11:37 PM

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