Report: Seahawks, Richard Sherman nearing deal

Apr 22, 2014, 9:48 AM | Updated: 9:51 am

By Brady Henderson

The Seahawks and Richard Sherman have made “considerable progress” toward a new deal that could make the All-Pro cornerback the league’s highest-paid player at that position, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.

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La Canfora reports that the two sides hope to finalize the deal before the draft, which begins May 8.

Sherman’s new deal, according to La Canfora, is expected to surpass the $12 million that Darrelle Revis will make in 2014 from New England. Sherman – who is entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed when Seattle drafted him in the fifth round in 2011 – is scheduled to make $1.431 million in 2014.

Sherman made $555,000 last season while being named a first-team All-Pro for the second straight year, making him one of the league’s best bargains. He was a candidate for the defensive player of the year award last season after pulling off a remarkable feat – leading the league in interceptions despite being thrown at fewer times than any other qualifying cornerback.

That has all made his looming payday an expected move, one that’s going to cost Seattle a significant amount of money. The Seahawks built a championship roster with the help of the financial flexibility they were afforded with star players like Sherman and quarterback Russell Wilson playing on cost-controlled rookie deals.

Sherman’s bill is about to come due.

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