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Sherman Cites Garoppolo for 49ers Decision

Sherman Cites Garoppolo for 49ers Decision

Florio also notes that the reported three-year, $39.15 million contract number is "a mirage". The 49ers appear to have come out the winners of the agreement, which Sherman negotiated himself. The sports news website said that Sherman's release will not be the last for the team's veteran players.

Richard Sherman's departure from Seattle hasn't been without fireworks.

Make no mistake, Sherman had plenty of other reasons to sign with his former adversaries and he counted those off in a conference call with Bay Area media on Monday morning.

In a conversation with Peter King, Sherman laid out why people shouldn't be angry with him specifically.

Reuters/John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsSeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) greets Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) following the Falcons 36-20 victory in the NFC Divisional playoff at the Georgia Dome, Jan. 14, 2017. Like I said when they got Jimmy Garoppolo that their ideal situation is to not play him so they could pay him less this offseason.

Last season's concluding run notwithstanding, the 49ers finished the season 30th in our opponent-adjusted defensive rating system and allowed the eighth-most net yards per passing play (6.6) by season's end. From a Seattle perspective, the most revealing disclosure was that Sherman Saturday agreed to take the 49ers offer and allow the Seahawks to match it.

Playing the Seahawks twice this season might give Sherman a taste of vengeance he craves.

Sherman still was one of the better cornerbacks the past three seasons, ranking second in the NFL by allowing just 49.2 percent of passes against him to be caught, according to Pro Football Focus.

49ers general manager John Lynch says the team would like to take a more conservative approach to Sherman's return from injury - identifying training camp in late-July as a potential return date.

Not too long ago, San Francisco was considered a cellar-dwelling franchise devoid of talent with a long road ahead to relevance.

"What I saw from him was poise, I saw leadership, I saw the respect from his teammates, and I saw a command of the offense, and he'd only been there a few weeks". I think that he and Jimmy together will contribute a lot of wins for this football team.


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