Fullback Kyle Juszczyk perhaps best captured the emotions of the 49ers' fan base Saturday, tweeting: "I take back anything disrespectful I might have said to you in our games before @RSherman_25 Welcome to the squad!" It was such a great opportunity. "The way he played down the stretch was inspiring, it was incredible", Sherman said, via The Mercury News. People are out there burning my jersey.
Seattle went just 3-4 in the seven games they missed, and that record was often cited as evidence of just how much worse the Seahawks were without those two. "I didn't abandon anybody".
A four-time Pro Bowl player, Sherman played in nine games last season, recording 35 tackles and two interceptions. But I wanted to make sure.
"Once I make a Pro Bowl, $8 million the next year is guaranteed for me". It gives me the ability to control my destiny.
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) eats turkey during a TV interview on the field after the San Francisco 49ers' lost 19-3 in their National Football League game against Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. I couldn't feel secure in my contract.
49ers General Manager John Lynch and Sherman shared intimate details of their negotiations to Peter King of The MMQB.
"That was a huge part of it", Sherman said.
While a poor connection with background noise garbled his media conference call, Sherman voiced no frustration.
Richard Sherman is probably one of the most high-profile free agents now sitting on the market and his release from Seattle merited immediate attention from just about every team in the league. I have tremendous love and appreciation for the years that I've spent there and the love and respect that they've given me over the years.
As if Sherman needs more motivation to come back strong, he'll now have the opportunity to face his former side twice in the regular season.
But Sherman is also exceedingly proud.
On the day the Seattle Seahawks took him with the 154th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, he sat on his couch getting increasingly angry at the lesser players going in front of him. "We came to an agreement and it was awesome".
Upon landing Sherman, the Niners filled their biggest offseason need for help at cornerback.
The Raiders were among six other teams that showed interest in Sherman, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported. "Sometimes contract offers sting the player", Lynch said.
Sherman went on to say that he did not mean it as anything disrespectful and the whole situation was kind of forced on him.