“A lot of factors went into this decision. It wasn’t just, hey, the San Francisco 49ers play Seattle and it’s a big-time rivalry. I’m going to sign with them,” Sherman said, via ESPN.com. “At the end of the day, they were the first team that called, they were the team that showed the most interest, offered the most money and once we did our medical — I’m coming off of two offseason surgeries on both legs, and at the end of the day, they needed to be protected in case my injuries never heal the way they’re supposed to, I never return, my ability to play football at a high level isn’t there anymore.
“And I was fine with that. I trust in myself, I trust my ability to heal, to rehab, to grind and I wanted to be protected in case I do return to form, I return to form and I play at a Pro Bowl level and I’m voted to Pro Bowl, All-Pro, etcetera, etcetera, I want to be compensated as such, and the number that they offered me, I was comfortable with. I get my money guaranteed once I make the Pro Bowl; I make All-Pro and it gets even better. That was something I was really comfortable with on top of my family, my family needing to be on the West Coast. That was a requirement for a number of reasons.”
- While there was a report that the Redskins could be interested in a potential reunion with WR Ryan Grant, John Keim reports that it does not sound as if he’s still an option for Washington.
- According to Keim, the Redskins haven’t discussed the possibility of re-signing Grant as of now. Although, Keim admits that he doesn’t know if that could change if Grant’s asking price drops.
- Josh Katzenstein reports that Nick Fairley grievance has not been settled and the $3 million cap credit the Saints received was related to the remaining proration on his signing bonus.
- According to Katzenstein, the Saints only paid half of Fairley’s $8 million bonus last year before he was diagnosed with a heart condition.
Former Seahawks CB Richard Sherman mentioned during an appearance on a podcast hosted by Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins that Pete Carroll’s philosophy is more built for college.
“I think it was kind of philosophical on his part,” Sherman said, via ESPN.com. “A lot of us have been there six, seven, eight years, and his philosophy is more built for college. Four years, guys rotate in, rotate out, and so we had kind of heard all his stories, we had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that he had. And honestly because he just recycles them. And they’re cool stories, they’re great for team chemistry and building, etcetera, etcetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them before he even started to say them.”
- According to Charles Robinson, the Seahawks offered DL Sheldon Richardson $6.5 million per year, which comes in less than the $8 million he’ll with the Viking along with another $3 million in incentives.