Sherman on decision to join 49ers: 'I'm vengeful in that way'

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The dismantling of the Seattle Seahawks defence has been their rivals' gain as the San Francisco 49ers added Richard Sherman in a high-profile signing to strengthen their secondary. It's business, of course.

Richard Sherman on Monday said his recent release and doubts whether he can regain his Pro Bowl form have reignited "that gasoline fire that I've always had burning". It takes a troubling level of spite to actually wish misery upon someone you once loved, but I'm petty enough to hope that a once-significant other doesn't ever wind up more happy than me and the great thing about the fact that Sherman is in San Francisco is that there will be a way to keep score. I helped the organisation get to a great place and stay there.

Sherman played his college ball in the Bay Area at Stanford under former coach Jim Harbaugh, who then went up against Sherman during his four seasons in charge of the 49ers.

Now that the Seahawks have decided he wasn't worth $11 million, he went out and found a landing spot that gives him a chance to make them pay for that decision. "I didn't abandon anybody". "As long as I'm content with what I'm making, nothing else matters to me.Once I make a Pro Bowl, $8 million the next year is guaranteed for me". Even then, the 49ers can still dump Sherman if he's healthy up until April 1, a common Paraag Marathe device aimed at giving the team multiple weeks to look elsewhere for help before committing to the players they now have under contract.

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The NFC West is going to be fun this year.

49ers GM John Lynch said late Saturday afternoon to the free-agent corner he was recruiting, Richard Sherman. Though specific terms of the contract have not been made public, Sherman disclosed certain guarantees can roll over into the next year should he make the Pro Bowl.

Consider this claim from Sherman: "It gives me the ability to control my destiny".

After a seemingly amicable parting between the four-time All Pro and the Seahawks organisation, Sherman revealed to Peter King of the MMQB that his reasons for linking up with the 9ers were "vengeful". In five starts and six game appearances with the 49ers last season, he completed 120-of-178 pass attempts for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns, five interceptions, a passer rating of 96.2, and even had a rushing touchdown. "I think I'm going to walk right in and I'm just going to do exactly what I need to do and what's going to be asked of me, where I need to be". I have skin in the game. Paraag Marathe, San Francisco's executive vice president of football operations, said Sherman also studied 49ers contracts "and knew who we'd given real guaranteed money to". I couldn't feel secure in my contract.

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