The deal will pay Richard Sherman an average salary of more than $14 million, far above the $12 million that cornerback Darrelle Revis is making with the New England Patriots.
“The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks,” he wrote on his blog. “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.
“This is a great moment for my family, foundations and the people who supported me to this point. Hard work and execution got me to this moment, the Seattle Seahawks have backed up that respect with this contract. The terms of my deal are 4 years for a total of $57.4M with $40M guaranteed. There is no other city or team that I would want to play football for.”
The two stars on Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary have now both secured long-term deals. Sherman joins free safety Earl Thomas, who became the highest-paid safety in the NFL last week with a contract extension that will pay him $40 million over four years.
Sherman, 26, led the NFL with eight interceptions last season and ws one of the most important contributors to the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl championship. His 20 interceptions and 60 passes defensed lead the league since he entered the NFL in 2011 as a fifth-round draft choice out of Stanford.