Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman did not last very long on the free agent market one day after being let go by his ex-team.
The 49ers quickly snatched up Sherman on Saturday and signed him to a three-year deal worth $39 million.
Reportedly, Sherman had drawn interest from numerous teams including Detroit, Tennessee, and Green Bay.
With the Los Angeles Rams adding cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, clearly the 49ers felt adding a strong corner of their own was necessary.
Sherman is looking to bounce back in 2018 after missing much of 2017 with a season-ending Achilles injury.
Interestingly enough, this places Sherman back in California. The Stanford product will play for a team that he attempted to destroy while a member of the Seattle’s famous Legion of Boom.
Of course, it was Sherman who denied the 49ers of an attempt to reach back-to-back Super Bowls. His clutch defended pass led to a Malcolm Smith interception in the NFC title game and Seattle eventually heading to its first Super Bowl win.
Memorably, Sherman launched that all-time post-game tirade directed at then-49ers receiver Michael Crabtree following the Seattle triumph.
It will be wildly entertaining to see if 49ers fans welcome Sherman with open arms after those epic battles with the Seahawks in the early to mid-2010s.
Sherman’s arrival could help make San Francisco a contender in the NFC as they look to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season.