Sherman (Achilles) is hoping to be back on the field come May or June, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
The newly acquired 49er expects to be ready to go for training camp after tearing his Achilles last November. Sherman even has a $2 million roster bonus in place on his self-negotiated contract if he can pass his physical before Nov. 11, the final day teams can activate a player from the physically unable to perform list. Look for more updates on his progress to come throughout the offseason as he adjusts to his new home.
Sherman was informed of his release by the Seahawks on Friday and wasted no time in finding a new team. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the deal is for $39 million -- an annual average which tops the $11 million he was set to be due by Seattle -- although the guaranteed money is not yet known. The Stanford product brings an immediate veteran presence to a young 49ers secondary, however it remains to be seen how much of an effect the Achilles injury will have on Sherman, who turns 30 at the end of March.
Unwilling to pay an $11 million salary to a cornerback coming off a torn Achilles, the Seahawks will at least do Sherman a small favor by releasing him before the beginning of the league year. It means he won't need to wait until March 14 to sign with a new team, potentially giving him a leg up on the other cornerbacks at the top of the market. Sherman will turn 30 at the end of March and faces a battle to be ready by Week 1, but he did continue to play at an elite level last season prior to suffering a torn right Achilles in November. He also had a second surgery in February to remove bone spurs from the Achilles region of his other foot. For what it's worth, Sherman has relayed optimism that he'll be ready for training camp. The Seahawks have made a clear effort to shed pricey, aging defenders, presumably hoping to direct more resources toward Russell Wilson's supporting cast on offense. That being said, the team hasn't ruled out the possibility of re-signing Sherman at a reduced cap figure, ESPN.com's Josina Anderson reports.
Entering the final year of the lucrative deal inked in May of 2014, Sherman will account for $13.2 million on the Seahawks' books for the upcoming season, something the team likely would prefer to amend on the heels of November's torn Achilles and as he approaches his 30th birthday March 30. The preceding seemingly induced multiple teammates, including Jeremy Lane, to post tweets regarding Sherman's imminent trade or release. Wednesday's meeting may have put the final wheels in motion for one of those transactions, especially if Sherman, working as his own agent, wouldn't budge from his current salary. Expect the Seahawks to make a call on the stud corner before the new league year kicks off March 14.
The frenzy began when Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed that Sherman has been saying goodbye to teammates, with a post from teammate Jeremy Lane's personal Twitter account seemingly confirming as much. Sherman hasn't issued an outright denial of Rapoport's report, but his text to Anderson suggests the initial report was erroneous, or at least exaggerated. The situation bears watching, as Sherman will turn 30 in late March and has an $11 million base salary in 2018, the final season of his contract. Per Anderson, the veteran cornerback plans to chat on the phone with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider sometime in the near future. As for his health, Sherman expects to be back on the field by June, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Sherman underwent surgery in February to remove bone spurs near his left Achilles and is also recovering from mid-November surgery to repair a torn right Achilles.
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