During an interview with KIRO-AM, Sherman stated that the Seahawks were set to release him and thus, break apart what has been a vaunted defense for the Seahawks since 2012.
"I don't think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract", Sherman said.
Making things even more painful, 49ers GM John Lynch trolled the Seahawks for their painful Super Bowl XLIX loss to the Patriots, a game that featured the Seahawks losing because they made a decision to throw from the one-yard line instead of running Marshawn Lynch.
"[Sherman] studied our contracts and knew who we'd given real guaranteed money to".
49ers general manager John Lynch understood that the 49ers had more thing other teams could not offer. Seattle's focus this offseason has seemingly been all about turning away from their veteran players, the vaunted Legion of Boom, and instead toward the future.
Sherman, however, suffered a ruptured Achilles last fall, and whether he'll be able to return to top form is unknown. The 49ers have skin in the game.
If Sherman meets all the incentives then he can make $13 million in 2018. If he does leave, Sherman will open up $11 million in salary-cap space for a team that seems to be in the process of transition. "Now, if I play the way I know I'm capable of playing, I know I'm going to get paid".
Sherman played an integral role in the fierce NFC West rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco earlier this decade. In my former contract, no matter what I did this year, nothing would be guaranteed to me next year.
That may also have been something the Seahawks wanted to avoid, undoubtedly preferring to negotiate their own longer-term deal with Sherman than merely matching what he had agreed to with the 49ers. "We had a clause in a bunch of our contracts saying players got an incentive for making the Pro Bowl, even if they were medically excused from playing in the Pro Bowl".
All adding just that much more to a storyline that is nowhere near complete.