Richard Sherman said he wanted a deal done before the 2014 NFL Draft, and the Seahawks gave him what he wanted.
On Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the draft, Sherman and the Seahawks agreed on a four-year, $57.4 million extension with $40 million guaranteed.
Sherman announced the news on his Twitter.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 7, 2014
Sherman also posted a brief blog write-up about the contract on his official website:
I am blessed to announce that the Seattle Seahawks and I have reached an agreement on a contract extension. The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks. With this chapter closed, I can continue to focus on what is important – defending our Super Bowl Championship and being the best cornerback in the NFL.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport noted that the agreement will make Sherman the highest-paid corner in the league.
The deal Richard Sherman and the #Seahawks are finalizing is for 4 years, source says. He’ll make more than Revis’ $12M for 2014
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 7, 2014
Sherman has been one of the most consistent corners since entering the league in 2011.
He has played in every game in his three years in the league and averaged 55 tackles and six interceptions per season in his career.
Last month, Sherman told Albert Breer of the NFL Network that he saw a new deal on the horizon as a sign of respect.
“Whatever they feel I am due. I will take it as respect,” Sherman said. “It’s all about respect in this game and the only way people show respect is the dollars. We’ll see what happens.”
What happened was the largest contract for a current corner back.
But Sherman, like Thomas, has earned it. It will be a pleasure watching them dominate in the secondary, together, for the next four years.