The Seattle Seahawks have signed All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to a four-year extension that will make his the highest-paid safety in the NFL and now the Super Bowl champions are closing in on a deal with his “Legion of Boom” partner Richard Sherman, according to CBSSports’ Jason La Canfora.
Seahawks also zeroing in on a deal that would make Richard Sherman highest paid CB in the game. Hopeful it’s done before the draft as well
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 28, 2014
The NFL draft is 10 days away, so now that Thomas is locked up for the foreseeable future, all their efforts can be directed on a Sherman deal that could give him more than $16 million per year and more than $25.5 million in guarantees if they are going to make him the highest paid corner in the league.
According to overthecap.com, Darrelle Revis makes the most per year at $16 million a season after signing a two-year deal with the New England Patriots in March and Brandon Carr got $25.5 million from the Dallas Cowboys in guaranteed money. The largest contract in total value is Aqib Talib who signed a deal worth up to $57 million this offseason with the Denver Broncos.
Those figures should serve as the starting point for the two-time All-Pro cornerback who turned 26 in March and has 16 interceptions in the last two seasons, including a league-leading eight in 2013.
A four-year extension worth $66 million in total value with 28-30 million in guarantees would seem like a conservative estimate for a Sherman extension. This would pay him more than Revis by $500,000 per year and eclipse the nmbers set by Carr and Talib.