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 that way ... vengeful", Sherman said in an interview with Peter King of the MMQB. "I didn't abandon anybody".

The San Francisco 49ers are running dangerously close to becoming the NFL team that has the biggest off-season glow-up, but they'll have to outdo the Cleveland Browns who appear to be shaking up the entire league. The Seahawks opted to release Shead and allow him to test free agency instead.

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).

Prior to the passage of the tax revisions in 2017, professional athletes could deduct fees they paid to their agents for negotiating their contracts from their federal income taxes.

During his seven years with the Seattle Seahawks, Sherman became regarded as one of the best corners in the game and now leads the league with 32 interceptions since entering the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

But here's the kicker, from GM John Lynch himself.

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"[Sherman] studied our contracts and knew who we'd given real guaranteed money to". But I wanted to make sure. That seems likely, assuming Sherman has been correct in saying he thinks he'll be fully healed by the summer.

Sherman, however, suffered a ruptured Achilles last fall, and whether he'll be able to return to top form is unknown. He would theoretically make a few million extra for making Pro Bowls, hitting statistical milestones, etc. If he does leave, Sherman will open up $11 million in salary-cap space for a team that seems to be in the process of transition.

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. Sherman now leads the National Football League in interceptions since he was drafted in 2011 and his 99 pass deflections also leads the entire NFL.

The Seahawks surely know as well as anyone how Sherman's recovery is going and may well have viewed it as likely being at least a $10 million deal, assuming he gets and stays healthy.

All adding just that much more to a storyline that is nowhere near complete.

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