Richard Sherman signs new contract, Richard Sherman announces


Richard Sherman signed his new deal days after hitting Washington and the White House Correspondents Dinner. (Charles Krupa / AP)

Richard Sherman signed a contract extension that makes him the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.

The deal with the Seattle Seahawks is worth $57.4 million over four years, with $40 million guaranteed. Sherman, one of the stars of the Legion of Boom defense, did it in the most Sherman way possible, announcing the deal himself on his blog.

Last week, the Seahawks made another defensive anchor, Earl Thomas, the highest-paid safety in the league, signing him to a four-year, $40-million contract.

Here’s Sherman’s official announcement:

I am blessed to announce that the Seattle Seahawks and I have reached an agreement on a contract extension. The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks. With this chapter closed, I can continue to focus on what is important – defending our Super Bowl Championship and being the best cornerback in the NFL.

This is a great moment for my family, foundations and the people who supported me to this point. Hard work and execution got me to this moment, the Seattle Seahawks have backed up that respect with this contract. The terms of my deal are 4 years for a total of $57.4M with $40M guaranteed. There is no other city or team that I would want to play football for.

Greatness is realized from countless hours of work, studying, practice, sacrifice and courage. This is just the beginning and I will continue to set the bar higher and higher on and off the field.

Much appreciation to the Seattle Seahawks franchise, the coaches, teammates, friends, the fans, my family and the 12s. The support does not go unnoticed and I carry that into each snap. From Compton to Stanford, 5th round draft pick to winning the Super Bowl – dare to be great.

You get out what you put in!

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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