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49ers’ Richard Sherman calling out those who doubted his contract – and loving every minute

49ers’ Richard Sherman calling out those who doubted his contract – and loving every minute

In March 2018, Richard Sherman and the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a contract.

Sherman had just been released by the Seattle Seahawks, where he’d spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career. He was also just a few weeks away from his 30th birthday and was coming off a season-ending ruptured Achilles — a scary injury for a cornerback — and two surgeries to fix it.

And he didn’t have an agent; a vice president of the NFL Players Association executive committee and a union rep for his teammates, Sherman has long advocated that players’ use their voice and power for their own good.

All-Pro second team triggering a $2 million bonus, Sherman took to Twitter, asking followers, “Fans please find me all those ‘He negotiates a bad deal’ receipts…I wanna see something.”’ data-reactid=”32″>After he was voted to the Associated Press All-Pro second team triggering a $2 million bonus, Sherman took to Twitter, asking followers, “Fans please find me all those ‘He negotiates a bad deal’ receipts…I wanna see something.”

tweeted at the time that Sherman was “letting ego [get] in the way of his pocket book,” and Sherman responded that it was actually a case of believing in himself as a player while coming off a major injury.’ data-reactid=”34″>Thomas tweeted at the time that Sherman was “letting ego [get] in the way of his pocket book,” and Sherman responded that it was actually a case of believing in himself as a player while coming off a major injury.

On Friday, Sherman pulled up that tweet and said to Thomas, “Remember this? Pockets looking right.”

Sherman called out others who had disparaged his decision, and for others he just commented “hahahaha,” metaphorically laughing at their expense.

Now a five-time Pro Bowler (he earned a $1 million bonus for his most recent selection, last month), Sherman has earned the right to crow.

The truth is, he probably wasn’t going to get much in guaranteed money with another team in 2018, though there were others that showed interest; Sherman’s first visit was to the 49ers and he never went elsewhere. His first year with San Francisco was structured in such a way that if it didn’t work out, or if he wasn’t fully healthy, the team could cut ties without much of a financial hit.

Teams do that with players coming off injuries who do have agents all the time.

pay his $1 million playtime bonus even though he fell a bit short after missing one game to a strained hamstring.’ data-reactid=”53″>That didn’t happen in Sherman’s case — he’s so beloved in San Francisco, GM John Lynch agreed to pay his $1 million playtime bonus even though he fell a bit short after missing one game to a strained hamstring.

‘Talk that talk’

Some will of course be critical of Sherman still, in part because some people love to knock him and in part because some will think it in bad taste the way he called people out on Twitter and took a victory lap.

But Sherman didn’t get where he is being docile. He’s been knocked throughout his career for being outspoken, usually unfairly, and the one-time fifth-round pick has played at a high level for years on the field. He’s worked off the field on behalf of his fellow players, and is so active in several communities that he’s the 49ers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.

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