Back to the Bay: Richard Sherman signs three-year deal with the 49ers

Richard Sherman has signed with San Francisco. (Scott Eklund/AP)

Free agent cornerback Richard Sherman reportedly signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night, joining his former NFC West rival less than 24 hours after being released by the Seattle Seahawks.

Sherman signed a three-year deal worth $39.15 million, he told ESPN’s Josina Anderson after meeting with the 49ers earlier on Saturday. The 29-year-old Sherman, who earlier this month declared that he wished to sign with “a contender,” had also reportedly generated interest from a number of other teams.

While San Francisco is far from a Super Bowl contender at this point, the signing means Sherman can return to the Bay Area, where he played college football at Stanford before Seattle selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft. Sherman also established himself as a heated rival of the 49ers during his years in Seattle, which included a memorable win over San Francisco in the NFC championship game in 2014, when Sherman made a game-saving deflection that led to an interception late in the fourth quarter. That play, of course, led to another indelible Seahawks-49ers moment, right after the game.

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