BOSTON (CBS) – Cornerback Richard Sherman just cashed in Wednesday and became the highest paid cornerback in the league after signing a four-year, $57 million with $40 million guaranteed with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks.
At $14-million-and-change per year, Sherman surpassed newly-signed Patriots corner Darrelle Revis in average annual value.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti were curious to know how this Sherman deal bodes for New England getting Revis (a player with a penchant for always seeking the top dollar) on a long term deal.
“We know that Darrelle Revis is here on what amounts to a one-year deal — they put a second year in there with a huge option bonus to spread out cap hits, but he’s not going to see that second year. If Darrelle Revis is going to be here beyond this year they’re gonna have to tear it up and start over
“So the question is this: if Sherman is four years at $57 [million] with $40 [million] guaranteed, and Darrelle Revis wants to be the highest paid corner in the league — I think he deserves to be — and Darrelle Revis says, ‘Just beat that.’ Call it four years for $60 [million] with $42 [million] guaranteed. If you’re the Patriots do you do that deal?” asked Felger to start the segment.
“Yup,” Mazz said simply.
“I would do that yesterday,” added Felger.
“Of course! The revenues are going up Mike. So in terms of what that means as a percentage of your payroll it’s going to be less — so do it! Absolutely! Of course,” said Mazz.
“To me, the ‘Sherman/Revis’ guy in that league is so rare that I think you can make the case they deserve to be paid something approaching quarterback or pass rusher money. That’s a bargain for Seattle. I don’t think that’s outrageous at all. Four years, $40 million guaranteed? No brainer.
“That’s the most important guy on their defense that just won a championship,” said Felger. “If that’s the deal it takes to get Revis done, I’d do that yesterday.”
Listen below for the full discussion: