That Detroit wouldn't be willing to pony up for that puts a slight (but strong) limit on how far they're willing to go to upgrade the No. 2 cornerback position.
His deal, which is worth a maximum of $39.15 million, includes just $3 million fully guaranteed at signing, with an additional $4 million expected to be earned if he passes a pre-training camp physical in July, ProFootballTalk.com reported. "I didn't abandon anybody". The franchises square off twice per season, and Sherman will be on the opposite sideline this year.
The Seahawks released Sherman last week, and he signed with the 49ers without meeting with any other teams.
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In other words, Sherman's $13 million average annual salary comes only if he continues to plays like he did before going down with an Achilles tear in November.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald tweeted on Saturday that the Patriots "never reached out" to Sherman once the Seahawks released him, making him a free agent. But I wanted to make sure. We'll have to sit and wait to see if the 49ers make the jump but right now all reports are leaning toward this becoming a reality for Sherman and the 49ers. The 49ers have skin in the game.
Yes, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers. In my former contract, no matter what I did this year, nothing would be guaranteed to me next year. Though specific terms of the contract have not been made public, Sherman disclosed certain guarantees can roll over into the next year should he make the Pro Bowl. I think he felt, 'If I'm going anywhere, I want to play for [Patriots coach] Bill Belichick or [Rams defensive coordinator] Wade Phillips.' I talked to the Broncos at the scouting combine in Indy about it, and I thought we had a deal. But he is obviously having some fun with Sherman at the Seahawks' expense.