Richard Sherman joins 49ers on three year deal

Richard Sherman agreed to a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, one day after being released by the rival Seattle Seahawks. ESPN reports that Sherman’s deal is worth up to $39.15m.

Sherman played an integral role in the fierce NFC West rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco earlier this decade. His deflection on a potential game-winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won. Sherman then celebrated a Thanksgiving night win in a road game against the 49ers the following season by eating a turkey leg on the 50-yard line.

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San Francisco hope he can make a big impact even as he turns 30 later this month and is coming off an Achilles tendon injury that cost him half of the 2017 season. Sherman also had a cleanup surgery on his opposite ankle during the offseason.

Despite coming off of the injury, Sherman drew interest from a handful of teams, including the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions.

In signing with San Francisco, Sherman remains in the NFC West and will face Seattle twice a year. He also reunites with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who served as a defensive assistant in Seattle from 2011-13.

Sherman became a star in Seattle, bringing a brash attitude and willingness to speak out on any topic to go along with his stellar play. His best seasons came in 2013 and 2014, when Seattle made two Super Bowl appearances, and he has 32 interceptions. Sherman still was one of the better cornerbacks the past three seasons, ranking second in the NFL by allowing just 49.2% of passes against him to be caught, according to Pro Football Focus.

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