Richard Sherman Responds to Joe Thomas Commenting on His New 49ers Contract

"It’s actually a case of believing in who I am as a player…”

Richard Sherman

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 03: Injured cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks smiles from the sidelines before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field on December 3, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)

Richard Sherman

Never at a loss for words, newly signed 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman defended the contract he just signed after NFL veteran and 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas accused him of letting his ego get in the way of a bigger payday.

You really feel bad for Richard Sherman, but this is clearly a case of ego getting in the way of his pocket book. He got absolutely crushed on this contract while working as his own agent...

— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) March 12, 2018

It’s actually a case of believing in who I am as a player while also coming of a major injury. But I appreciate ya input

— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 12, 2018

Thomas had been commenting on a Boston Globe article which broke down how Sherman was allegedly fleeced by the Niners due to the fact that he negotiated his own deal without an agent. The piece states that the reported 3-year/$39 million contract that Sherman put his name on is far from accurate, and that it was an incentive laden deal with no guaranteed dough beyond 2018.

As writer Ben Volin outlined:

"Sherman received a $3 million signing bonus. In 2018, he’ll receive $2 million for passing a physical on the first day of training camp, a $2 million base salary, $2 million in per-game roster bonuses ($125,000 per game active), a $1 million incentive for playing 90 percent of snaps, a $1 million Pro Bowl incentive, and a $2 million incentive for making All Pro."

As you can see, a lot of those are health-related. The soon-to-be 30-year-old Sherman was ruled out for the season last year after he ruptured his Achilles in Week 10.

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