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Richard Sherman’s unemployment didn’t last long.
The four-time Pro Bowl cornerback agreed to a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers a day after the Seattle Seahawks released him, Sherman told USA TODAY Sports. The deal is worth $39 million plus incentives, including a $5 million signing bonus.
ESPN first reported news of Sherman’s signing.
Sherman is still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in Week 10 of the 2017 season. He spent the bulk of Saturday meeting with 49ers officials before hammering out a deal. The eighth-year veteran doesn’t have an agent, but instead represented himself in negotiations.
Sherman told USA TODAY sports on Friday that the Seahawks said they were releasing him to create financial flexibility entering free agency. His release saved the team $11 million against the cap, but team officials also told Sherman that they were open to bringing him back at a lower figure.
Despite coming off of the injury, Sherman drew interest from a handful of teams, including the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions.
In signing with San Francisco, Sherman remains in the NFC West and will face Seattle twice a year. He also reunites with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who served as a defensive assistant in Seattle from 2011-13.
According to NFL Media Research, since 2011, no player has more interceptions (32) or passes defensed (99) than Sherman, and no player with 300-plus targets has allowed a lower completion percentage (47.4) or passer rating (50.9).