Richard Sherman is the best cornerback playing in the NFL today. According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the Seattle Seahawks are on the verge of giving him a contract that will pay him more than anyone else playing the position:
“The Seahawks are prepared to make Sherman the NFL’s highest-paid corner — and the deal will surpass Darrelle Revis‘s $12M compensation for 2014 — the questions remains by just how much. Several league sources anticipate the contract will be worth more than $13M a season when finalized, with the Seahawks reluctant to go to $14M thus far.”
LaCanfora went on to write that the deal was not imminent but should be finalized and announced over the next few weeks, ideally before the NFL Draft begins on Thursday, May 8th.
Owing to Sherman’s low draft position in 2011, he was paid only around half a million a year under his rookie contract. Since then Sherman has led the NFL in interceptions and earned the right to be paid as much as any defensive back in football. He has played in every regular season and playoff game since joining the team. Here are his career numbers, per NFL.com:
2011: 55 combined tackles, one forced fumble, four interceptions and 17 passes defended
2012: 64 combined tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, eight interceptions, one touchdown and 24 passes defended
2013: 48 combined tackles, eight interceptions, one touchdown and 16 passes defended (while being targeted less than any other cornerback)
Once the deal with Sherman is set in stone the Seahawks will likely shift their focus to giving long-term extensions to free safety Earl Thomas and quarterback Russell Wilson, but the size of Sherman’s deal may present a problem as there won’t be much leftover in cap room.