Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Richard Sherman to Seahawks Fans Burning His Jersey: 'I Didn't Abandon Anybody'

Richard Sherman to Seahawks Fans Burning His Jersey: 'I Didn't Abandon Anybody'

"I'm vengeful in that way", Sherman said of facing Seattle, later adding: "I love the (Seahawks) fan base to death, and I loved playing there". They let me go.

Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman hypes up the crowd as time winds down on the Eagles in the second half at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

The Seahawks declined a chance to match the contract offer Sherman received from the 49ers, according to an account of the negotiations published Monday on Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com (Sherman wrote for the site for a year or so during his Seahawks career).

Sherman, at only 31 years old, could potentially have a lot left in the tank for a team that is willing to gamble on him. san Francisco is seemingly in a position where they feel they can afford to pay for a veteran who might not be on the team even two or three years from today.

During his seven years in the Northwest, a handful of incidents involving Sherman and the 49ers incited bad blood between the two teams.

"It gives me the ability to control my destiny", Sherman said. "I didn't abandon anybody".

Richard Sherman is set to become a 49er, but he might not have been San Francisco's top cornerback pursuit this offseason. "(Sherman) studied our contracts and knew who we'd given real guaranteed money to". Unless a lowered down contract is accepted by Sherman, 2017 may be the last time Seahawks fans will see Sherman, and the entire "Legion of Boom" in action.

And some of the incentives initially reported as being tie to the Pro Bowl are instead tied to making the All-Pro team, a much tougher task - $1 million for making it to the Pro Bowl and $2 million for making the All-Pro team. "Now, if I play the way I know I'm capable of playing, I know I'm going to get paid". 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. In my former contract, no matter what I did this year, nothing would be guaranteed to me next year.

As many noted, this was ironic because the Seahawks and 49ers were rivals not too long ago.

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