In-depth look at Richard Sherman’s 3-year deal with 49ers

The full details of the Richard Sherman contract are in, courtesy of two sources who have viewed the three-year deal Sherman signed with the 49ers on Saturday night.

The deal is worth a maximum of $39.15 million, though Sherman’s full guarantee on the deal is only $3 million in the form of a signing bonus. Sherman, who is recovering from a torn Achilles, will have to be healthy and productive to earn the rest of the contract. The contract also provides the 49ers opportunities to get out of the deal after each of the first two seasons, despite guarantee triggers based on Pro Bowl selections.

Here’s a breakdown of the deal on a year-by-year basis:


Signing bonus: $3 million

Roster bonus (payable at the start of training camp if Sherman passes a physical): $2 million

Base salary: $2 million

Per-game 46-man roster bonuses (must be active on game day): $2 million total ($125,000 per game)

Workout bonus: $50,000

Playtime incentive (90 percent of the team’s defensive snaps): $1 million

Pro Bowl incentive: $1 million

First or second team All-Pro: $2 million


Base salary: $7 million (escalates to $8 million if he makes the Pro Bowl in 2018)

Per-game 46-man roster bonuses: $2 million total (de-escalates to $1 million total if he makes the

Pro Bowl in 2018)

Workout bonus: $50,000

Playtime incentive (90 percent): $1 million

Pro Bowl incentive: $1 million

First or second team All-Pro: $2 million


Base salary: $7 million (escalates to $8.75 million if he makes the Pro Bowl in both 2018 and 2019; escalates to $8 million if he makes the Pro Bowl in 2019 only)

Per-game 46-man roster bonuses: $2 million total (de-escalates to $250,000 total if he makes the Pro Bowl in 2018 and 2019; de-escalates to $1 million total if he makes the Pro Bowl in 2019 only)

Workout bonus: $50,000

Playing time incentive (90 percent): $1 million (voids if he makes the Pro Bowl in both 2018 and 2019)

Pro Bowl incentive: $1 million

First or second team All-Pro: $2 million

» The reason for the escalators and de-escalators in the base salaries and roster bonuses is they’re a reward for making the Pro Bowl. They get moved to the base salary, so Sherman then wouldn’t have to be active on game days to earn the portion of the salary.

» NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Saturday night Sherman has $16 million in guarantees in 2018 and 2019 that trigger if he makes the Pro Bowl. That’s true, though there are a few conditions.

Firstly, only Sherman’s 2019 base salary ($8 million) becomes guaranteed if he makes the Pro Bowl this coming season. (There will be no guarantees in 2020 yet.) The guarantee is for injury only and doesn’t kick in until the third day of the league year. It doesn’t become fully guaranteed until April 1, 2019. In other words, no matter what Sherman does this season, the Niners can cut him without owing him anything before the start of the next league year.

» The guarantees work the same way in 2020. Sherman will get $8 million guaranteed for injury only on the third day of the 2020 league year if he makes the Pro Bowl in 2019. That money becomes fully guaranteed on April 1, 2020.

» Why April 1 for the full guarantee trigger? That’s a date the Niners have used in contracts because that’s the start of their fiscal year.

» The Seahawks would’ve paid Sherman $11 million this season if they hadn’t released him. He has a chance to eclipse that number this season but it will require hitting all of his playtime, Pro Bowl and All-Pro incentives. Sherman was named first-team All-Pro from 2012-14 and second team in 2015. He has not made the team the past two seasons


49ers sign former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to a 3-year, $39 million deal

The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to a three-year deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The three-year deal is worth up to $39.15 million with a $5 million signing bonus, according to multiple reports. At an average of just over $13 million per year, Sherman becomes the sixth-highest paid cornerback in the NFL – surpassing

Stephon Gilmore of the New England Patriots,

Sherman and his wife had dinner with head coach Kyle Shanahan on Friday night, and the veteran cornerback visited with 49ers officials on Saturday, where he reportedly took part in a physical. His health is a concern heading into the 2018 season. In November, the 29-year-old cornerback left a Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon in one leg, which he sustained while getting tangled up with wide receiver John Brown late in the third quarter. Sherman also had a bone spur in the other leg.

“On Friday, Sherman told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he will be back running on the treadmill next week,” writes ESPN.

Sherman was released by the Seahawks with a failed physical designation on Friday. The 49ers were his first free agent visit.

Before his injury, Sherman registered 35 combined tackles, seven passes defensed, and two interceptions in nine starts last season. His last full season was in 2016 when he recorded 58 combined tackles, 13 passes defensed, and four interceptions. From 2012 until 2016, Sherman started all 16 games for the Seahawks in each of those five seasons.

Sherman, who played college football at Stanford, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2011. He has been selected to four Pro Bowls and is a three-time first-team All-Pro. The seven-year veteran has registered 367 combined tackles, 32 interceptions, 99 passes defensed, a sack, and five forced fumbles over his career.

During his seven seasons with Seattle, the Seahawks made the playoffs five times, appeared in two Super Bowls, and won Super Bowl XLVIII.

“Looking for a great fit,” Sherman told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network following his release. “A team that has a great quarterback. Looking for somewhere I will be comfortable.”

Sherman is familiar with San Francisco’s defense and is a prototypical cornerback for the unit. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh installed a system similar to Seattle’s upon being hired to Shanahan’s staff in 2017. He was an assistant with the Seahawks from 2011 until 2013.

As for the quarterback situation, the 49ers signed Jimmy Garoppolo in February to an NFL-record five-year deal worth $137.5 million. He is 7-0 as a starter, which includes five-straight wins with the 49ers to end the 2017 season.

Ahkello Witherspoon, who started nine games as a rookie last season, was the lone remaining starting cornerback for the 49ers. Dontae Johnson, who is scheduled to become a free agent, is not expected to be re-signed.

The division-rival Los Angeles Rams have been aggressively acquiring players via trades over the last couple of weeks. They will enter the 2018 season with a revamped secondary which includes cornerbacks Aqib Talib, who was acquired via a trade with the Denver Broncos, and Marcus Peters, who was acquired via a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Los Angeles also signed former Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields, who sat out the 2017 season while recovering from concussions, on Thursday.

Vikings set to offer Kirk Cousins huge 3-year, $91 million fully guaranteed deal!!

It’s day-to-day with the Minnesota Vikings and soon to be free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. Still, the common thought each day remains that the Vikings are the front-runner to land his services on March 14th.

Today though, the conversation took an interesting turn as a former redskins player is putting a number out there that he’s hearing will be offered from the Minnesota Vikings.

According to The Burgundy Blog, former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said that an agent, not necessarily Kirk’s agent, but an agent told him that the Vikings are set to offer Cousins a 3-year, $91 million FULLY GUARANTEED deal in free agency!

You can read into this a few different ways.

1 It’s legit information, Cooley has nothing to gain other than getting his name in the news for the first time since retiring in 2012.

2 It’s leaked information or disinformation from the Cousins camp looking to leverage Kirk’s value against the other teams that might be interested, primarily the New York Jets.

3 This is legit and a good deal for the Vikings. While you’re giving up a lot guaranteed giving Kirk over $30MM a year, it’s shorter term making it slightly lower risk and if it works out you’re going to re-sign him anyway in three years.

No matter how you look at it, it’s the first reported or rumored number that we’ve heard stemming from the Vikings interest in Cousins. It’s also right in line with the type of numbers that were rumored to be circulating the Jets camp, only a few less years on the back end.

I then ask you…if the money (per year) is the same, if the team is better, would Cousins choose the security of a 5-year deal over this deal the Vikings could offer? It might seem outlandish, it might be a steal, nobody really knows how Cousins could potentially fit in with the Vikings and what sort of impact he might have inside this team’s locker room.

Regardless, it’s SUPER intriguing!

6 more days until the tampering window opens and we start to learn some real information stemming from the Vikings high-end dinner meeting with Cousins at Manny’s!