Sherman Opens Up on 49ers Move and Garoppolo's Influence
As it turns out, Richard Sherman's decision to put pen to paper with the San Francisco 49ers had a lot to do with the presence of Jimmy Garoppolo on the squad. It goes a little against the prevailing speculation that his leaving the Seahawks of Seattle was a matter of contract disputes and inflated egos on both sides of the negotiating table.
Sherman had spent a productive seven seasons performing well for the Seahawks, and participated in the Pro-Bowl on a total of four occasions. His flourishing career with the Seahawks made him one of the 49er's most bitterly resented rivals. Even now, many are still having trouble with the thought of counting Richard Sherman as a part of the 49ers roster.
The off-season apparently saw a lot of restructuring going on, and Seahawks fans were eventually presented with the news that Sherman would no longer be a part of the team. There's been a lot of speculation regarding the circumstances of the decision to release Sherman, with the cornerback himself going on record to state that there wasn't any discussion about him remaining on the team, even with a pay cut, and the Seahawks remaining silent on the matter. Guess we'll never really know.
That aside, Sherman states that as soon as his release from the Seahawks was confirmed, he received a call from Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers coach, where he expressed his interest in having him join up with his team. Their talk went well, apparently, as Sherman would go on to be checked out by the 49ers' medical team and meeting with the general manager John Lynch the very next day. He ended up signing on with them on a three year contract reportedly worth a possible $39.15 million.
The question that continues to boggle the minds of Seattle and San Francisco fans alike is - why the 49ers? In a statement he released a few days ago he listed the 49ers' genuine interest in him, his family's desire to stay on the West Coast, and the suitability of a three-year deal for him (he doesn't want to be a free agent next year) as the prime motivators of his decision. Playing against the Seahawks twice a season would, however, be a 'definite perk,' as he put it.
All that aside, Sherman revealed in an interview with the NFL Network that Garoppolo's presence on the 49ers outfit was a definite factor in his final decision. He let it be known that his belief in Garoppolo was what ultimately made his min up. Garoppolo, who signed a contract extension worth up to $137.5 million back in February with the team, steered his team to victory on all the five occasions he started in their 6-10 season.
Sherman, who had 35 tackles and two interceptions from nine starts last season before an Achilles injury cut his season short, had done his homework beforehand. He'd spent some time studying videos of Garoppolo's games, speaking with his teammates and coaches, and watching how he conducts himself when it comes to the game all in order to understand the man. He was apparently satisfied, and we can all look forward to an interesting season because of it.


Defense & Fumbles


Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos> No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb >Sk Tkl AstAst Sfty AV
2011 23 SEA LCB 25 16 10 4 45 0 33 17 1 0 0 0 0 47 8 5
2012+ 24 SEA LCB 25 16 16 8 57 1 29 24 3 0 1 0 0 1.0 53 11 18
2013*+ 25 SEA LCB 25 16 16 8 125 1 58 18 0 2 2 0 0 38 10 19
2014*+ 26 SEA cb/LCB 25 16 16 4 81 0 53 11 1 0 0 0 0 52 15 16
2015* 27 SEA cb/LCB 25 16 16 2 30 0 26 14 33 17 14
2016* 28 SEA cb/LCB 25 16 16 4 37 0 31 13 0 0 1 14 0 38 20 10
2017 29 SEA LCB 25 9 9 2 20 0 19 7 0 0 1 0 0 25 10 4
Career 105 99 32 395 2 58 104 5 2 5 14 0 1.0 286 91 86


 


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