While some people won’t admit it, it’s hard to argue against Richard Sherman being the best cornerback in the NFL. In the not-so-distant future, the Seattle Seahawks’ elite cover man will be paid as such.
According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the Seahawks and Sherman are making progress towards a long-term deal that will keep the Stanford alum in Seattle for the foreseeable future. The deal is expected to be worth upwards of $13 million annually, which would effectively make Sherman the highest-paid cornerback in the league.
Seahawks have made considerable progress on deal to make Richard Sherman top-paid CB in NFL. Sides hopeful it’s complete by the draft…
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 22, 2014
Over the last two seasons, Sherman has solidified himself as the greatest cornerback currently in the NFL. He’s smart and instinctive in coverage, possesses outstanding technique and strength in man-to-man, and is a reliable run defender on the edge. Especially with the recent drop off of shutdown cover man Darrelle Revis, Sherman stands alone at the top of the cornerback food chain.
Revis, who signed this offseason with the New England Patriots, is currently the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, set to make $12 million in 2014. Aqib Talib sits atop the guaranteed money list, with $26 million coming his way via a shiny new deal with the Denver Broncos this offseason. Expect Sherman to top both of those figures with his new contract.
Since Pete Carroll took over in Seattle and teamed with GM John Schneider, the Seahawks have made the most of every player on their roster. They turned Sherman, a fifth-round pick, into an All-Pro, and are making another smart move in locking him up long term.
With a new, massive contract in hand, Sherman will be firing on all cylinders heading into the 2014 campaign. Look for another huge season from the Seahawks and their ridiculous defense.