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Richard Sherman Responds to Joe Thomas Ripping His 49ers Contract on Twitter

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Once Richard Sherman was released from the Seattle Seahawks, he wasted no time talking to the San Francisco 49ers and signing a three-year, $39 million contract with them.

Now he has chose to join the enemy, signing a three-year contract with the 49ers nearly immediately after being let go by the Seattle Seahawks last Friday.

Sherman became a star in Seattle, bringing a brash attitude and willingness to speak out on any topic to go along with his stellar play.

Make no mistake, Sherman had plenty of other reasons to sign with his former adversaries and he counted those off in a conference call with Bay Area media on Monday morning. It gives him only a $3 million signing bonus, but another $2 million if he's medically cleared come training camp as well as a $2 million base salary for 2018.

"I'm thinking more June", Sherman said. Now Jimmie Ward is the latest player to relinquish his number.

When fans pointed out on Twitter that it was a good deal because it would give Sherman a chance to prove himself in a year where he's coming off an Achilles injury, Thomas disagreed.

Sherman saw more to the 49ers than Garoppolo. It's also worth mentioning that Sherman was essentially public enemy No. 1 in San Francisco after he made an important interception in the end zone of the NFC Championship game in January 2014 and followed up with a headline-making interview and criticisms of then-San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Sherman noted he'll be well-compensated if he plays as well as he has throughout a seven-year career that includes four Pro Bowls. Then, about two or so hours after that, I met up with (general manager) John (Lynch), who picked my fiancée and me up from the hotel.

Sherman reported Schneider told him the incentives in the deal "were too rich for me". The 49ers have skin in the game. "If one job fires you and another job offers you a great position I highly doubt most (people) would go back to the old job for a lot less money".

According to Sherman, the 49ers got in touch with him "almost immediately" after he was let go, and he flew to San Jose to meet with head coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh on Friday.

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