The reaction in Seattle, replete with the torching of his No. 25 Seahawks jerseys, was enough to get Richard Sherman to open up about his motives for signing a three-year contract with the team's hated rival days. He already has a visit lined up with the Detroit Lions, according to Foster. Instead he offered explanatory and pensive answers, from extolling the virtues of Garoppolo to meaning no disrespect for a Thanksgiving 2014 turkey dinner on the 50-yard line after humiliating the host 49ers.
"I definitely enjoyed the city of Seattle and I enjoyed the fans there and have tremendous love and appreciation for the years I've spent there and love and respect that they've given me over the years", Sherman said of his time in the Emerald City. His deflection on a potential winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won.
Peters, with an NFL-leading 19 interceptions since 2015, is nearly five years younger than Sherman, who turns 30 at the end of this month. Sherman shouted. "When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gonna get!"
The story also quotes 49ers general manager John Lynch as saying he thought his team offered something the others couldn't - a chance to play the Seahawks twice a year. He defended his self-negotiated contract and made a simple analogy to explain why he didn't return to the Seahawks after they released him.
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) eats turkey during a TV interview on the field after the San Francisco 49ers' lost 19-3 in their National Football League game against Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
Lynch said: "I promise you, we won't throw it this time".
While a poor connection with background noise garbled his media conference call, Sherman voiced no frustration.
The Seahawks surely know as well as anyone how Sherman's recovery is going and may well have viewed it as likely being at least a $10 million deal, assuming he gets and stays healthy. Byron Maxwell, who was brought back following Sherman's season-ending Achilles injury, is also a free agent.