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Joe Thomas: Ego caused Richard Sherman to get 'absolutely crushed' on contract

Joe Thomas: Ego caused Richard Sherman to get 'absolutely crushed' on contract

Newly minted San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman represented himself in his negotiations with the team, and per a new report from Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the former Seahawk did about as well as could be expected.

The deal for Sherman ended up being for three-years and worth $39 millions.

"I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there." he said. This Stanford MBA- and they went head-to-head for 5 and 1/2 hours.

"But I do want a chance to show what I can do", Sherman continued.

I would venture a guess that, given his status as a better player, Sherman on a prove-it deal would have received a one-year offer in the ballpark of $6 million to $7 million with $750,000 to $1 million tied to his being active; maybe another $2 million in high-end incentives.

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) eats turkey during a TV interview on the field after the San Francisco 49ers' lost 19-3 in their National Football League game against Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

So Sherman, who's always played with a chip on his shoulder due to his fifth-round draft selection, has found a new motivating factor.

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.

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The Niners are also winning in free agency so far, bringing in veteran corner Richard Sherman on a low-risk, three-year deal.

The 49ers wasted no time in contacting Sherman on Friday, as soon as his name officially posted on the waiver wire.

The San Francisco 49ers began last season 0-10, but just one deal has already transformed the trajectory of their franchise.

That's an understandable concern to have considering how Sherman was at times a lightning rod with the Seahawks.

The 49ers said Sherman came to the negotiating table prepared: he read through the contracts of all the other top cornerbacks in the league. "As long as I'm content with what I'm making, nothing else matters to me". "I think I am going to fit in and know exactly what I need to do and where I need to be".

Sherman's infamous rant after the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the 2014 NFC Championship marks a memorable chapter in the rivalry.

You can count Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas among the people who thought that Sherman negotiated a terrible deal for himself.


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