In a cross-blog post with Field Gulls earlier today, our favorite (least favorite?) rivals to the North posed the thought that we 49ers fans should be thankful to the Seahawks because without their D tamping down Colin Kaepernick's (otherwise HOF worthy) stats, our front office would be looking at a $22MM/year deal for Kaep instead of the widely accepted/reported $18MM/year. If we accept it as truth (and the stats breakdown they posted is solid enough reason to do just that IMO), then perhaps we should be "thankful" on some level, as it certainly makes managing against the salary cap that much easier.
But on the other side, Colin's struggles against Seattle's elite defense draw another benefit for the 49ers that the folks over at Field Gulls may not have considered: While we're going to be SAVING about $4MM/year on Kaep's deal, it will COST our fiercest rivals almost $11MM/year against theirs, as there are reports that DICK could command upwards of $12MM/year when the ink is dry on his new deal.
According to Over-the-Cap, DICK's cap number for 2014 sits at $1,476,000. According to the article I linked: " There's a strong possibility that Sherman will wind up as the NFL's highest-paid cornerback, with his annual earnings likely to eclipse the $12 million that Darrelle Revis will bank this season with the New England Patriots."
In a salary cap world, we all know there are tough choices to be made. And I won't argue for or against DICK getting paid (though he seems to think the only way to indicate the "respect" an NFL player gets is "the dollars.") DICK lives in a sad world, if that's truly the case. If he weren't so much like his name, I'd respect him for plenty of reasons - and they have nothing to do with how much he gets paid.
So, there you go, Seattle! Kaep's poor performance against your secondary helps us out twice: First, we get Kaep at a mildly lower rate. And we get to rejoice that DICK (and his contract) can be a cap albatross for your team for years to come!