Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) reacts against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks 'zeroing in on' Richard Sherman extension

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.

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.

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