The Green Bay Packers won’t be signing cornerback Richard Sherman. They didn’t even get a meeting.
Sherman took one visit — with the San Francisco 49ers — and signed with them on Saturday night. Sherman got what is being reported as a three-year, $39 million deal.
That’s a high price tag for a guy coming off a ruptured Achilles.
This was almost predictable, however. Signing with San Francisco allows Sherman to play his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, twice a season. It returns him to the area where he went to college (Stanford) and keeps him on the west coach where he grew up (Los Angeles).
We imagine it was also hard to turn down more than $10 million per season. That’s a price tag that the Packers probably couldn’t or didn’t want to pay.
Interestingly, had Sherman not signed with the 49ers, his second visit was going to be with the Detroit Lions.
The Packers will apparently now turn their focus to Trumaine Johnson once the free agent period opens next week.
From what i can tell, not seeing much detail as far as total guaranteed money. This is a win/win deal for both sides. If Sherman doesn’t, or can’t perform, it’s basically a one year prove it deal with a payout of 7-10 million dependent on games played.
If he makes the Pro-Bowl, he makes another 3 million bonus, but more importantly it means he was largely available and played at a high level. Which is what he needs to collect the majority of his contract dollars, if not all.
What i like about it is Sherman was willing, with having to perform, to earn his money.
So does anyone think Johnson won’t cost more? More importantly, is he worth it?
A guy from the west coast, who went to college on the west coast, then played for a team on the west coast, goes and visits another west coast team as a FA. and signs with them. Not everyone sees Wisconsin as some kind of citadel.
Did anyone really think the Packers interest in Sherman was any more than fill copy?