Richard Sherman Fires Back At Joe Thomas For Ripping His Contract Negotiating Skills

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Over the weekend, former Seawhawks star Richard Sherman, who is currently acting as his own agent, signed a highly incentivized 3-year contract that could be worth up to $39 millionwith Niners

The details of Sherman’s contract are pretty insane and most if is tied to his health and performance through the next three years.

Via CBS Sports

Sherman has $4 million tied to his health in the form of his game day roster bonuses ($2 million) and his bonus for passing a physical on the first day of training camp ($2 million).

Sherman also a $1 million playing-time incentive tied into his contract. If he’s on the field for at least 90 percent of the 49ers defensive plays in 2018, then he’ll earn the bonus.

Sherman can also make another $3 million if he earns any postseason accolades. If Sherman gets voted to the Pro Bowl in 2018, he’ll get an extra $1 million. If he’s named an All-Pro, which is slightly more difficult then getting voted to the Pro Bowl, then Sherman will earn another $2 million.

If you’re scoring at home, that means Sherman could make as much as $13 million during the first year of his deal ($3 million signing bonus, $2 million base salary, $2 million bonus for passing his physical at training camp, $2 million active roster bonus, $1 million playing time bonus and $3 million Pro Bowl/All-Pro bonus).

That last bonus is the one you want to keep an eye on, because if Sherman hits that it will basically tie him to the 49ers until 2020. According to, if Sherman is voted to the Pro Bowl in 2018, a total of $16 million in base salary for 2019 and 2020 seasons will become fully guaranteed. Sherman would get $8 million in base salary for each season, with one catch: The money doesn’t become fully guaranteed until the third day of the league year in March 2019.

For all intents and purposes, this means the 49ers could get out of the contract after just one season without taking a substantial cap hit. If Sherman doesn’t go to the Pro Bowl in 2018, then his base salary for 2019 and 2020 will be a non-guaranteed $7 million in each season.

After details of Sherman’s contract were made public, Browns lineman Joe Thomas took to Twitter to criticize the former Seahawk for negotiating a bad deal.

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