The Seattle Seahawks just shelled out a lot of money to safety Earl Thomas. And now they are giving even more to cornerback Richard Sherman.
The team is set to annouce that Sherman has signed a four-year contract that will make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, which was first reported by Fox's Jay Glazer and then confirmed by — natch — Sherman himself, on Twitter and also on his own website.
It's a new 4 year extension agreed upon with Richard Sherman making him top paid CB in league
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) May 7, 2014
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 7, 2014
Sherman posted the whopping financial details of the extension — four years for a total of $57.4M, with $40M guaranteed — on his official website, a move we almost never hear of in sports. We believe that this would be tacked onto his current 2014 deal and the $1.43 million he's owed this season, so essentially he's locked up through 2018 for nearly $60 million.
On his blog, Sherman wrote:
“I am blessed to announce that the Seattle Seahawks and I have reached an agreement on a contract extension. The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks. With this chapter closed, I can continue to focus on what is important – defending our Super Bowl Championship and being the best cornerback in the NFL.”
The boisterous, outspoken and wildly talented Sherman is the tone setter and perhaps best player on the world champions' outstanding defense.
But being the highest-paid player in the NFL was not his goal, Sherman said, per the Seattle Times.
“I don’t care for that,’’ Sherman said. “The only list I care about being at the top of is interceptions.
“It’s about respect,’’ he said. “Whatever the team feels I deserve, the respect they feel — that (money) is the respect from the team. That’s how they show it, at least in this game. In other aspects of life it may be different. You may show respect in different ways. But in this game that’s how they show it.’’
The Seahawks certainly showed it.
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