Newly signed San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said one thing led him to the team over anything else: the ability to play against the Seattle Seahawks twice every season. But when he became a free agent, he told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that he was looking for a great team with a great quarterback.
Not too long ago, San Francisco was considered a cellar-dwelling franchise devoid of talent with a long road ahead to relevance.
The Seahawks on Monday announced they have re-signed safety Bradley McDougald, keeping one key piece of their increasingly-in-transition secondary in place as free agency nears on Wednesday. "I don't think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract", Sherman said. After a physical by the 49ers medical staff, he met with general manager John Lynch and chief contract negotiator Paraag Marathe for about five hours.
Lynch said: "I promise you, we won't throw it this time". He defended his self-negotiated contract and made a simple analogy to explain why he didn't return to the Seahawks after they released him.
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"The NBC producers grabbed [quarterback Russell Wilson and myself] after the game", Sherman said.
Sherman will remain in the NFC West and face his former teammates and fans at least twice per year.
The 49ers can not rely simply on Breida despite his impressive rookie season and, with options in free agency and a deep running back class, San Francisco should be looking to add to the backfield if Hyde does not return.
"And that's on the field, spur-of-the-moment, having three or four All-Pro players who can adjust on the fly".
So when Sherman speaks, people listen, and that is something the 49ers will have to adjust to in a locker room that grew admirably tight amid last season's adversity (0-9 start) and eventual triumph (5-0 finish). They also need a starter, although it's uncertain if Sherman's health will make him available for the season opener in early September, when he'd likely join Ahkello Witherspoon and nickel back K'Waun Williams as the 49ers' top three cornerbacks.