49ers' Richard Sherman: Recent release has 'reignited' fire inside him

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As spiteful as Sherman was toward the 49ers and Harbaugh for passing on him in the 2011 draft, he can now motivate himself by playing against the Seahawks twice a year and staying on his native West Coast. I have gotten over 20 texts from agents across the National Football League world saying this is the worst contract they have ever seen on paper.

"I'm excited", Sherman told NFL Network's Steve Wyche.

The former Seahawks cornerback is getting a three-year, $39 million deal that includes nearly no guaranteed money.

Not everyone feels the deal that Sherman negotiated was a good one, including Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas, who says the cornerback got "absolutely crushed" by the 49ers.

Now that the Seahawks have decided he wasn't worth $11 million, he went out and found a landing spot that gives him a chance to make them pay for that decision.

"I definitely enjoyed the city of Seattle and I enjoyed the fans there and have tremendous love and appreciation for the years I've spent there and love and respect that they've given me over the years", Sherman said of his time in the Emerald City. "I didn't abandon anybody". He gave the Seahawks a chance to match the contract, as well as the Raiders and Lions.

If anyone had been following the Seahawks this offseason, Sherman's statements may not come as a surprise. Talib, who ranks second with 34 interceptions since 2008, is 32, but he's also healthier, with Sherman still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon - the same injury that plagued cornerback Kayvon Webster and prompted the Rams to get so aggressive at this position in the first place. He also could increase the yearly compensation to $13.05 million by playing 90 percent of snaps, making the All-Pro team and being named to the Pro Bowl.

That's right. Seahawks fans showed just how dumb they are when some burned a Sherman No. 25 jersey after Seattle released him against his wishes.

As if Sherman needs more motivation to come back strong, he'll now have the opportunity to face his former side twice in the regular season. There is also the fact that they need to lock up Khalil Mack to a long-term deal, as he is now the best defensive player in the NFL.

Thorpe - who has played rarely on defense in his two years with Seattle but is one of the team's best special teamders - is actually the highest-paid, with a cap hit in 2018 of $1.9 million, which had led to some speculation that he could also be a cap casualty.

There are interesting times ahead for all those involved with the Seattle Seahawks but Sherman will not be along for this particular ride.

The contract includes a similar scenario for the 2020 season (with a base salary of $8 million if he has made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and that becomes guaranteed on the third day of the league year and fully guaranteed on April 1).

All adding just that much more to a storyline that is nowhere near complete.