While it initially seems like San Francisco overpaid for a 29-year-old recovering from a ruptured Achilles, Sherman's contract is laden with incentives to cover the 49ers if he doesn't return to full health or is a shell of himself.
After a seemingly amicable parting between the four-time All Pro and the Seahawks organisation, Sherman revealed to Peter King of the MMQB that his reasons for linking up with the 9ers were "vengeful". "If I was going to represent myself, I was going to do the research".
Though they're not a finished product yet, San Francisco are set up to fight for the playoffs when they carry over a five-game winning streak into next season. SB Nation noted that as veteran Seahawks players such as Sherman age, they are proving to be more expensive for the team to afford. "Great observation. We changed the wording". One: The player has a bad season and is either done with the National Football League or signs another one-year contract close to the minimum. The second is the clincher; he later says he warned the 49ers sideline, "If you throw it my way, it will end the game".
This was a matter of hours; the 49ers had been prepared to trade for Denver's Aqib Talib, but that fell through.
But it didn't take Richard Sherman long to find a new team.
Sherman spoke to reporters via a conference call on Monday, discussed the decision to cross over to the 49ers, and how much playing against Seattle influenced him.
The Raiders were among six other teams that showed interest in Sherman, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported.
"We had something no other team could offer ... the ability to play Seattle twice a year", Lynch said.
Along the way, Sherman was a thorn in the 49ers side with great plays and pointed comments.
Sherman became a star with his aggressive coverage and nabbing the league's most interceptions since 2011, albeit only two last season in nine games before his Achilles injury.
Responding to Lynch's comments, Sherman said: "I'm vengeful in that way.", before explaining his sudden will to stick it to Seattle stemmed from some of the more questionable actions of fans who burned his jersey after learning of his departure.