So...we have another signing. The 49ers have found their cornerback that they no doubt needed to put with Ahkello Witherspoon and it’s none other than Richard Sherman.
Now I know how the Vikings felt when Brett Favre went to Minnesota.
On one hand, it’s a pretty good deal. Sherman’s first year is a bet on himself. If he makes the Pro Bowl, guarantees and incentives kick in, and that much for Richard Sherman pre-injury would be a solid price. If he fails to make it, the 49ers can cut him and his paltry $5 million doesn’t hurt the salary cap, nor do they have to be on the hook for anything else.
Plus, this gives Witherspoon a great mentor. Put those two in the backfield and the 49ers defense could be scary.
There are questions, like will Sherman be playing the whole field or just one side? What will happen when the 49ers play the Seahawks (we can all assume the game at Century Link is going to be on prime time)? And how are fans going to react?
I know yours truly doesn’t have a reaction. I don’t know what to say. If Sherman pans out, great, but having him over here is like dating your enemy’s ex. Sure there’s a bit of a pride and happiness to know they are having fun with you instead of them, but they also were with your enemy for a while, and you can’t help but remember when they were probably having fun at your expense.
This is a much different scenario than when Deion Sanders was signed to the team for the Super Bowl run in the 90s. Deion didn’t tip a pass in the NFC Championship came and call Jerry Rice a sorry receiver while yelling he was the best corner in the game. Not to mention blast that ridiculous name for their backfield that was nothing more than a simple letter flip from the awesome WWF Tag Team that wore spiked shoulder pads into the ring (the Legion of Doom if you don’t know the wrestlers I’m talking about).
Either way, this was a good football move. It’s a good contract for the 49ers and potentially a good contract for Sherman if he pans out.
Let’s see how Sherman turns out.
Keep your enemies closer: Six thoughts on the 49ers and Richard Sherman (Barrows)
John Lynch, 49ers players welcome Richard Sherman on social media (ESPN)
NFL Free Agency 2018 Guide and Tracker: Richard Sherman to 49ers, Jarvis Landry Traded to Browns (MMQB)
49ers make deal with (former devil), Richard Sherman (Inman)
In signing Richard Sherman, 49ers send message they’re ready to win now (ESPN)
49ers fans ready to welcome Richard Sherman after hating him for years (For The Win)
49ers and CB Richard Sherman agree to three-year, $39 million contract (Cohn)