49ers answered with Richard Sherman, but the Rams already won at CB

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That attracted Sherman, who's coming off an Achilles injury - "I think our goal is to have him back for training camp", general manager John Lynch told NFL Network's Steve Wyche on Monday - and ready to lead a younger defense.

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

What you might normally see for a player like Sherman is a "prove-it contract" - one season at somewhat of a bargain price. 49ers GM John Lynch said late Saturday afternoon to the free-agent corner he was recruiting, Richard Sherman.

On the conference call, Sherman explained why he felt so motivated to join the 49ers.

Nevertheless, we wish him luck reversing all the damages.

When that was relayed to Sherman, he paused for a second.

"I'm vengeful in that way".

That's what it sounded like.

"I've spent a lot of time wearing a red jersey in the Bay, so I'm sure I'll figure that out", he responded, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

"Vengeful", Sherman said. "I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there". It was such a great opportunity. "I got a lot of people to show, and I am excited at those prospects".

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However, Oklahoma State is one of his First Four Out, meaning a good Big 12 tournament could push them into the selection show. Graham , by the way, said he had some sort of bug for the quarterfinals contest, but "felt much better today".

"They reached out nearly immediately after I hit the wire", Sherman told Bay Area reporters on Monday.

Now he has made a decision to join the enemy, signing a three-year contract with the 49ers nearly immediately after being let go by the Seattle Seahawks last Friday.

That Detroit wouldn't be willing to pony up for that puts a slight (but strong) limit on how far they're willing to go to upgrade the No. 2 cornerback position. "I didn't abandon anybody".

The two parties agreed to a three-year incentive laden deal worth up to $39.15 million.

That seems likely, assuming Sherman has been correct in saying he thinks he'll be fully healed by the summer. Sherman ruptured his right Achilles tendon November 9 in a game against the Arizona Cardinals, and required surgery. He also could increase the yearly compensation to $13.05 million by playing 90 percent of snaps, making the All-Pro team and being named to the Pro Bowl.

Sherman is mad, but he's also smart. Though the $2 million in per-game compensation is high, his earning potential is about $1.5 million-$2 million higher than that of the standard contract.

Burning Richard Sherman jerseys are a thing among Seahawks fans.

In Peters and Talib, they added two All-Pro cornerbacks who will cost $12.74 million combined toward the salary cap in 2018 and roughly $30 million total if you stretch that out through 2019.

Sherman, who is from Los Angeles and attended Stanford, represented himself in negotiations with the 49ers.

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