NFL notes: Sherman finalizes deal with San Francisco

Richard Sherman officially has gone to the other side.

The four-time All-Pro cornerback finalized, then signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, two days after being released by the rival Seattle Seahawks. The deal reportedly is for up to $39.15 million.

“Richard is one of the premier competitors Kyle and I have ever encountered,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said, referring to coach Kyle Shanahan. “We look forward to him sharing his wealth of experience and his passion for the game of football with our team.

“Richard has long been looked at as the prototypical corner in our scheme and the opportunity to have him mentor our players was one we needed to attack. Most importantly, we are excited to have a championship-caliber corner on the field for the 49ers.”

With the Seahawks retooling their defense, he became expendable. Sherman played an integral role in the fierce NFC West rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco early this decade. His deflection on a potential winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won.

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