The Seattle Seahawks have solidified their secondary by giving star cornerback Richard Sherman a four year contract extension worth $57.4 million, with $40 million guaranteed.
The deal makes the 2011 fifth round pick out of Stanford the highest paid corner in the NFL, and Sherman has expressed excitement in playing in Seattle for four additional years.
Sherman posted a photo on social media of him signing the deal, flanked by his parents. In his proceeding media conference, Sherman said, “I guess this is how it feels to be a first-rounder for one time.”
Sherman has also stressed how hard work has gotten him to this point, and that’s certainly true. His skills have grown through his days at Stanford, during which he converted from receiver to corner, and he’s backed up his trash talk in the pros with results. Eight interceptions last year alone is noteworthy. I certainly believe he’s the best cornerback in the NFL, and as Sherman himself said, “Money talks. That’s why the best quarterbacks are paid the highest, that’s why the best d-linemen are paid the highest, best receivers are paid the highest – because they’ve worked hard.”
John Schneider can now cross solidifying his defense off his to-do list. With Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Michael Bennett all re-signed, the defense has its stars studded in place for several more years. Sure their deals are all hefty, but they earned them through their play. Defense wins championships, and these guys are going to continue to lead the Seattle Seahawks to championship games and Super Bowls.
The only thing that needs to happen now – besides giving quarterback Russell Wilson a new deal – is for these guys to keep earning their now heftier paychecks. Signing Sherman and all these other guys is both a sign of faith and an expectation, as in, “Yes I believe in your abilities and will thus re-sign you, but this kind of money had better bring me similar results to last February.” That sort of mentality.
Luckily for Schneider, these re-signings are a slam dunk, especially Sherman’s.