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49ers’ Richard Sherman earns $2 million incentive for All-Pro placement

Richard Sherman, 49ers

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman received some heat for negotiating his own contract, but it has paid off in a big way. On Friday, Sherman was named to the All-Pro second team which earns him a $2 million incentive according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Sherman also earned a $1 million incentive in December when he was named to the Pro Bowl. Sherman’s contract has been filled with a lot of incentive-based qualifiers and his great play has allowed him to cash in. As good as Sherman is on the field for the 49ers he is also the vocal leader of the defense and has made everyone around him better.

“His leadership qualities are unmatched in my opinion,” defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said via Nick Wagoner of ESPN. “No matter the situation, whether he’s at his ultimate high, whether he gets angry, whatever it is, he’s able to bring himself to a level where he’s always trying to teach, trying to get better, working with players, working with coaches, just all of us all together. He’s really taken that step from just being the wisest guy in the room but helping these guys learn and understand the pro game and how to be a pro and how to practice and approach that.

Sherman wasn’t the only 49ers player to be named an All-Pro. Tight end George Kittle was named to the first team and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner was named to the second team. Individual awards are nice but this is a team focused on trying to win a Super Bowl.