Sherman will be staying in the NFC West, as he has agreed to a three-year deal with the 49ers.
After releasing a cornerstone of their legendary Legion of Boom defense, the Seahawks will now have to face Richard Sherman twice a year going forward.
The four-time Pro Bowl and three-time first team All-Pro cornerback has agreed to a three-year deal with the 49ers. The deal is filled with incentives—Sherman will earn a $2 million base salary, a $5 million signing bonus, $2 million 46-man roster bonus, $1 million playing time incentive and a $3 million bonus if he makes the Pro Bowl, per Tom Pelissero.
Josina Anderson first reported that Sherman and San Francisco were discussing a deal.
Thank you to everyone for the kind words. This is just another chapter in the journey. This will be an ongoing process and I am excited to take on this challenge. To the fans urging me to join your team, I am humbled but I can only look at the teams that have reached out.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 10, 2018
"This is just another chapter in the journey," Sherman tweeted. "This will be an ongoing process and I am excited to take on this challenge. To the fans urging me to join your team, I am humbled but I can only look at the teams that have reached out."
Seattle cut Sherman on Friday in a move that saves the team $11 million off its 2018 salary cap, though his $2.2 million signing bonus will count against the Seahawks' cap sheet. Sherman had said that Seattle wanted him back but prioritized financial flexibility, but alas, he is now with a division rival.
Sherman, 29, played nine games before he ruptured his Achilles tendon in Week 10.
In an interesting turn of fate, perhaps the most famous moment of Sherman's career happened after a game against the 49ers. He broke up a pass that resulted in an interception in the fourt quarter of the 2014 NFC Championship Game then famously taunted former 49ers and current Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree.