The San Francisco 49ers announced on Sunday they have signed CB Richard Sherman to a three-year deal.
"Richard is one of the premier competitors Kyle and I have ever encountered," said General Manager John Lynch. "We look forward to him sharing his wealth of experience and his passion for the game of football with our team. Richard has long been looked at as the prototypical corner in our scheme and the opportunity to have him mentor our players was one we needed to attack. Most importantly, we are excited to have a championship caliber corner on the field for the 49ers."
A four-time Associated Press All-Pro (First Team – 2012-14; Second Team – 2015) and four-time Pro Bowl selection (2014-17), Sherman (6-3, 195) spent each of the past seven seasons (2011-17) with the Seattle Seahawks after the team selected him in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. With the Seahawks, he appeared in 105 regular season games (99 starts) and registered 364 tackles, 99 passes defensed, 32 interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one sack. He ranks first in the NFL in both passes defensed (99) and interceptions (32) since 2011. In addition, Sherman has started 10 postseason contests, adding 42 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions.
In 2017, Sherman started each of Seattle's first nine games of the season and registered 35 tackles, seven passes defensed, two interceptions and one fumble recovery before he was placed on the Injured Reserve List on November 14.
A 29-year-old native of Compton, CA, Sherman attended Stanford University, where he appeared in 52 games (37 starts) both as a wide receiver (27 games played and 15 starts) and cornerback (25 games played and 22 starts). Sherman registered 81 receptions for 1,340 yards (16.5 average) and seven touchdowns at wide receiver and 112 tackles and six interceptions at cornerback.