The raw numbers for Richard Sherman’s contract have been well-reported, including by Sherman himself — four years, $56 million for the seasons 2015-18, with $40 million guaranteed.
But here are a few other good breakdowns of his deal and what it will mean for Seattle going forward.
First, ProFootballTalk.com notes that all of the guaranteed money can become guaranteed within 21 months. And all of the guaranteed money comes by the 2017 season.
Next is this from OvertheCap.com, which has a pretty exhaustive breakdown of the contract.
Author Jason Fitzgerald Tweeted that the Sherman deal should still leave plenty of room for the Seahawks to extend Russell Wilson next year:
#seahawks should now have around $109M committed to the 2015 cap for 46 players. If cap hits 140M thats plenty of room to work with Wilson
— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) May 7, 2014
But Fitzgerald notes the obvious — that with more and more big-money deals, Seattle’s flexibility in other areas will begin to get pretty limited.
“With that in mind the 2012 to 2014 draft classes will be of the utmost importance to the Seahawks. Wilson will be extended early, but almost everyone else could be in a position where they have to play their deals out. You need a high hit rate to make up for all these new contracts that will be hitting the books next season. Turning to free agency for anything more than a stopgap will be difficult. Trading away draft picks will be very difficult. It’s a good situation to have but it’s one that teams have to begin preparing for long before the new deals actually hit the books for the team.”