Richard Sherman to Seahawks Fans Burning His Jersey: 'I Didn't Abandon Anybody'

Richard Sherman says move to 49ers adds fuel to his fire

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The newest member of the San Francisco 49ers, cornerback Richard Sherman, has been a bitter rival in the eyes of the Niner Faithful for the past seven years.

"I definitely enjoyed the city of Seattle and I enjoyed the fans there and have tremendous love and appreciation for the years I've spent there and love and respect that they've given me over the years", Sherman said of his time in the Emerald City.

The incentive-laden deal could be worth up to $39.15 million according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

He added, "I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there". They let me go.

Sherman said upon his Seahawks release that he wanted to join a contender.

We know how the reaction to Richard Sherman joining the 49ers is going in Seattle.

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. Good news for him and for San Francisco; bad news for agents.

When he was healthy, Sherman was essentially a one-man island on the left side of the Seahawks defence, often matching up and shutting down the opposing team's best receiver on the outside. If he's named an All-Pro, which is slightly more hard then getting voted to the Pro Bowl, then Sherman will earn another $2 million. Sherman was still playing at a high level when an achilles injury ended his season in Seattle early.

Although Sherman's effectiveness at getting a maximum contract may be questionable - his signing bonus with the 49ers was a mere $3 million - the money he saved by acting as his own agent may make up for what he wasn't able to get from San Francisco.

The San Francisco 49ers began last season 0-10, but just one deal has already transformed the trajectory of their franchise.

Sherman confirmed a driving factor in signing with the 49ers - aside from Jimmy Garoppolo's "inspiring" presence, coach Kyle Shanahan's "innovative" mind and a familiar defensive scheme - is to seek vengeance on the Seahawks.

The 49ers said Sherman came to the negotiating table prepared: he read through the contracts of all the other top cornerbacks in the league.

McDougald was signed to a one-year, $1.8 million contract by Seattle last season after having played since 2013 with Tampa Bay. In my former contract, no matter what I did this year, nothing would be guaranteed to me next year. "I think I am going to fit in and know exactly what I need to do and where I need to be". Sherman represented himself in the negotiations, and is betting on himself with this deal.

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