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The San Francisco 49ers made a major addition to their secondary today, coming to terms with former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on a three-year deal, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Sherman, who was selected to four Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams in seven seasons with the Seahawks, became available for signing after the Seahawks gave him his release Friday. Sherman was quick to give the 49ers a look, as he was reportedly seen dining with head coach Kyle Shanahan Friday night before holding a free agent visit with the 49ers Saturday.
The deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, is worth $39 million over three years, with a $5 million signing bonus.
Brady Quinn joined CBS Sports HQ to discuss the Richard Sherman signing and what it means for San Francisco moving forward.
Sherman, who turns 30 years old on March 30 and had never missed a game in his NFL career before 2017, comes to the 49ers with some health concerns after having surgery for a season-ending ruptured Achilles in November as well as a minor procedure on his other Achilles over the winter. But ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Friday Sherman was expected soon to begin running on a treadmill, while former NFL trainer Dr. David Chao wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune on March 1 that Sherman's second procedure will benefit his health going forward.
"Sherman and his doctors were likely proactive in having an offseason debridement surgery of the 'healthy' left side to prevent future rupture," wrote Chao. "Recovery should be much quicker than if he waited for it to tear, and the timing is such that I expect Sherman back 100 percent well before next season."
There's also a well-noted history between the 49ers and Sherman, which hit its peak when the Seahawks and 49ers were both Super Bowl contenders earlier in the decade. The most infamous moment in that history came during the 2013 NFC Championship game, where Sherman batted away a late fourth-quarter pass for a game-sealing interception for Seattle, then proceeded to berate 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree in his postgame interview with Erin Andrews, saying "When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you're going to get."
Sherman, who went to college at nearby Stanford University, where he played under former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, will almost certainly step into the starting lineup right away for the 49ers, opposite second-year cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon. Sherman should have no problem acclimating to the 49ers defense, which runs a scheme similar to that of the Seahawks and features a defensive coordinator in Robert Saleh who was an assistant in Seattle in 2011 and 2012. Sherman finished his seven seasons in Seattle with 367 tackles, 32 interceptions, and 99 passes defensed.
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