Richard Sherman became the highest-paid cornerback in the National Football League by signing a new four-year, $57.5 million contract with the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks.
Sherman, 26, has been selected to the NFL’s All-Pro team each of the past two seasons while totaling 16 interceptions. He was set to make $1.4 million this season in the final year of the rookie contract he signed with Seattle in 2011.
Darrelle Revis, formerly of the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and now with the New England Patriots, had been the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback with $12 million in salary and bonuses set for 2014. Sherman said his new deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money and will pay him an average of $14.4 million annually.
“The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks,” Sherman said yesterday in a blog post. “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.”
The Seahawks last week signed Earl Thomas to a contract extension that makes him the top-paid safety in the NFL at $10 million per season, according to the Seattle Times. Thomas, 25, was an All-Pro each of the past two seasons.