On Tuesday when speaking to Bay Area Media, Richard Sherman gave his side of story about the recent negative assessments surrounding his deal with the 49ers and the reasons for negotiating it. According to Sherman, this was really important for him since he doubled up as his own agent. He also believes that the league has players who can negotiate and come up with good deals and that gives them the advantage of taking charge of their destiny. Sherman did applaud the good work done by some agents who ensure that players are ready to continue with life after football in regards to their finances, while there are those who negotiate a deal and the next time you see them is when the contract is coming to an end. He feels that players should try and avoid that from happening. This deal has seen Sherman join the list of San Francisco players for the next season.
Dressed in red tailor-made suit, Sherman revealed that he never saw the need of an agent since he knew the contracts very well and having come back from an Achilles injury, there was going to be a negotiation session. That means, he expected a give and take negotiation for both sides and which he was comfortable with. However, after spending more than 5 hours negotiating with John Lynch (general manager) and Paraag Marathe (strategy officer), Sherman has received a fair share of disapproval regarding that contract. The 3-year deal is said to be worth $39.15 million, although it would only pay that much if he's able to regain his All-Pro shape after he suffered a serious right Achilles injury last season.
Sherman made an effort in shedding more light about his contract by writing a piece on Tuesday during the The Players' Tribute. In that piece, he mentioned his package includes $2 million roster bonus which he will get after passing a physical test before Nov.11. He believes that its possible to come back in May or June and proceed to training camp. Sherman will pocket $3 million as the signing bonus in addition to his $ 5 million guaranteed package, which is far much better compared to zero guaranteed dollars deal with Seattle. According to Sherman, the biggest misconception about his contract is that it is a bad deal. Coming from a no money guaranteed deal and a ruptured Achilles, this deal gives him security and he now feels comfortable with it.
Sherman went further to indicated that Seattle never requested him to accept a pay cut, even though he had told the team to match the deal with what the 49ers were offering. But, John Schneider (Seahawks general manager) declined it. Sherman also wonders why agents never get that kind of criticism when they enter into awful deals that are team-friendly. Sherman said that he has come across many players who want to negotiate their contracts. Before entering into a deal, he spent his time reading through the copies of previous deals found in NFL Players Association platform. Sherman has offered to support the talented Eric Reid. The player is a free-agent safety, who has spent 5 seasons with the Niners, but he is yet to sign with a team.
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