Not only had a good friend and teammate blown town, Baldwin has to go up against Sherman, presuming a return to good health, twice next season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. "Here, in the inner sanctum of the team Sherman kept out of the Super Bowl four years ago, the most hated rival in recent San Francisco history spent four hours on Saturday afternoon negotiating his own contract with no agent".
The 49ers' general manager, John Lynch, felt his side could offer the 29-year-old something unique with the chance to face the Hawks, who released him last week ahead of free agency.
The Raiders were among six other teams that showed interest in Sherman, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported.
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". And Sherman called Detroit coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn; incentive package too rich for Detroit's blood.
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That's what it sounded like. "As long as I'm content with what I'm making, nothing else matters to me". I asked him to repeat that.
Sherman would have loved to have played with Tom Brady, but according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, the Patriots never reached out to the All-Pro corner after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday. "It was such a great opportunity". If they can get a linebacker who can stay on the field, maybe even for all three downs, [it would be a big help].
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 had told the Seahawks that he would be transparent with them, so he let them know what had been worked out. "I didn't abandon anybody".
That seems likely, assuming Sherman has been correct in saying he thinks he'll be fully healed by the summer. I want to believe that Richard Sherman hated (Michael) Crabtree and everybody on the 49ers.
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"Sherman received a $3 million signing bonus".
Well, why? Because they're incentivized by players using agents for this thing. He had been due to make a simple $11 million base salary for the Seahawks in 2018. "Now, if I play the way I know I'm capable of playing, I know I'm going to get paid".
Playing the Seahawks twice this season might give Sherman a taste of vengeance he craves.
Sherman's disregard for the 49ers erupted after the 2013 NFC championship game at Seattle, a contest he sealed by tipping Colin Kaepernick's end-zone pass into the arms of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith with 22 seconds left.
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