Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVIII media availability at the Westin Hotel January 30, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on February 2, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Just eight days after making S Earl Thomas the highest paid safety in the league, the Seattle Seahawks have made CB Richard Sherman the league's highest paid cornerback.
The Seahawks announced a new four-year contract extension with their All-Pro cornerback on Wednesday. Sherman posted on his website the new deal is worth $57.4 million over the next four years with $40 million guaranteed. He is now under contract with the team through 2018.
"It's a surreal moment when you realize that it's really going to happen. I'm finally going to get treated like a first rounder for once," Sherman said.
The Seahawks have now dished out over $80 million in guaranteed money to Sherman, Thomas and DE Michael Bennett this offseason.
“We treaded lightly in free agency to take care of our own guys,” general manager John Schneider said.
Sherman's new contract will pay him $14.35 million a year on average over the four years of the extension. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Sherman will receive an $11 million signing bonus.
Sherman says the new contract won't change who he is or the way he plays on the field.
"I'm still the raggedy dog off the street," Sherman said. "That mentality isn't something I could change, I don't think, even if I wanted to. Even if wanted to be, 'Yeah, I'm a millionaire.' I can't do it. It's not a switch that I have. I've been in this mentality. I don't know anything else. This is how I'm going to be until I hang the cleats up. Then, I might try to eat caviar and drink wine, or whatever they do.”
And the chip of being a fifth-round draft pick would be leaving his shoulder any time soon either.
"There were still 23 (cornerbacks) picked ahead of me," Sherman said. "That didn't change. Forty million didn't erase that and nothing will erase that. Nothing will erase that chip. Nothing will erase that mentality. That's something that keeps me hungry, keeps me attacking, keeps me angry."
Sherman has been named a first-team All-Pro in each of his last two seasons. Since assuming a starting job in 2011, Sherman has been the best cornerback in the league. He has racked up 20 interceptions in just 42 starts for the Seahawks.