49ers’ Richard Sherman receives bonus despite missing incentive mark
Richard Sherman put together a spectacular season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 and the organization is rewarding him for it. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Sherman is receiving a bonus despite missing the incentive mark this past season.
Source: the 49ers gave All-Pro CB Richard Sherman a $1M signing bonus to account for the 90% play-time incentive he narrowly missed out on last season. GM John Lynch told Sherman he would do as much, as the team does right by their defensive leader in a nice gesture.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 21, 2020
Heading into the 2019 campaign, Sherman negotiated an incentive that would pay him an extra $1 million if he played in 90 percent of San Francisco’s defensive snaps. When the season concluded, it was discovered that the veteran cornerback took part in 87 percent of the 49ers’ snaps on defense.
Nevertheless, John Lynch, the GM of the 49ers, is giving Sherman the $1 million bonus. Lynch, a former player in the NFL himself, understands that you have to keep the players on your roster happy.
In his second season with San Francisco, Sherman compiled 61 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and three interceptions. Above all, Sherman was one of the driving forces that helped the 49ers advance to the Super Bowl.
Despite falling short to the Kansas City Chiefs, the 49ers still have one of the best defenses in the NFL. In addition, they have Kyle Shanahan dialing up plays on offense with a multitude of weapons.
After another outstanding season in 2019, Sherman is entering the final year of his contract with the 49ers in 2020. The All-Pro cornerback is slated to carry a $14.9 million cap hit next season, with $4 million in miscellaneous incentives.
Besides an injury-riddled 2017 season, Sherman has been able to remain on the field in his career. Seeing that Sherman is one of the most competitive players in the league, he’ll have his sights on earning his incentives again in 2020.