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Though the Seattle Seahawks released him in March, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman continues to show support for his former teammates.

Appearing at a youth football camp in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, Sherman stood by current Seahawk Earl Thomas, arguing that the safety deserves to be paid as an elite NFL player.

“I think Earl Thomas deserves the money he’s asking for,” Sherman told NFL Network’s Michael Robinson, according to NFL.com’s Austin Knoblauch. “I think he deserves to be compensated as the top safety in the league. Whether Seattle does that or not is up to them.”

Seattle reportedly listened to at least two offers for the ball-hawking defensive back this offseason and sought a second-rounder for the six-time Pro Bowler, but general manager John Schneider said Thomas wants to stay despite the rumors. He’s entering the last year of his contract.

The Seahawks may be unwilling to pay a hefty price to retain Thomas’ services, but Sherman believes that would be unwise.

“Obviously, (Thomas) plays at a high level and the defense doesn’t really work without his contribution,” Sherman said. “I think after a while you show a certain level of respect to your players who’ve put in the time.

“And he’s been a great example of dedication and perseverance, and just incredible excellence. So obviously he deserves to get paid, but whether they pay him or not is up to them.”

Despite Thomas’ importance, Seattle’s numerous roster adjustments this offseason illustrate that the team is not afraid to part with veteran players. The former first-round pick will enter his ninth season with the Seahawks if he isn’t traded or released prior to Week 1.

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Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider doesn’t want the team’s parting of ways with All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett, among others, to be mistaken for a rebuild.

“It’s a constant reset every single year, it doesn’t stop,” Schneider said Friday, according to Stacy Frost of 710 ESPN Seattle. “When I say ‘reset’, people are like, ‘well, it’s a rebuild.’ We’re not rebuilding; it’s just a reset.”

Schneider said the offseason departures are not unlike previous roster turnovers that allowed Sherman and others to emerge as the household names that made up the ‘Legion of Boom’ defense that competed in back-to-back Super Bowls, winning SB XLVIII.

“I’m telling you, man, there’s a lot of good young football players that people don’t know about. Tedric Thompson was one of our best special teams players this last year. He didn’t get to play much at strong safety. Kam (Chancellor) was one of our best special teams players the first year he played. He didn’t get to play strong safety because Lawyer (Milloy) was here. Trust the process, man,” Schneider said.

Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril remain uncertain for the upcoming season due to career-threatening injury concerns.

The Seattle Seahawks will have a much different look in 2018 as an offseason that has seen them trade Michael Bennett, cut Richard Sherman, and lose both Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham to free agency (with Sheldon Richardson among those still unsigned) continues.

Seattle is also reportedly listening to offers for Earl Thomas.

Sherman, now a member of the NFC West-rival San Francisco 49ers, believes this type of turnover stems from head coach Pete Carroll’s college roots.

“I think it was kind of philosophical on his part,” Sherman said of Carroll on the “Thomahawk Show” podcast hosted by former Cleveland Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins. “A lot of us have been there six, seven, eight years, and his philosophy is more built for college. Four years, guys rotate in, rotate out.”

Carroll was the head coach at USC from 2001-09 and has been with the Seahawks since 2010. He’s the oldest head coach in the league at 66 years of age.

“We had kind of heard all his stories, we had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that he had. And honestly, because he just recycles them. And they’re cool stories, they’re great for team chemistry and building, etcetera, etcetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them before he even started to say them,” Sherman said.

The Seahawks snapped a streak of five consecutive playoff appearances in 2017, missing the postseason for just the second time in Carroll’s tenure.

Sherman says Carroll, who has two years remaining on his contract, is showing no signs of stepping away, but a poor run with a lack of success could exact a toll.

“I think that it depends on how this season goes for them. If they do great, get to the playoffs and continue to have the success, then I think he continues to go. But if things don’t go as planned and they don’t get to the playoffs and they have a rough year, then I think that’ll weigh into his decision. The legacy begins to get tainted at that point.”

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and new cornerback Richard Sherman shared intimate details of their negotiations to Peter King of The MMQB – among them, a discussion about the Seattle Seahawks’ painful decision to throw the ball from the 1-yard line at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

“I promise you, we won’t throw it this time,” Lynch assured Sherman.

Sherman was released by the Seahawks on March 9 and the veteran corner entered discussions with the Niners the following day.

In the whirlwind that followed, Sherman and his fiancee shared a four-hour dinner with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and his wife. Sherman represented himself in contract negotiations, and even stepped out of his meeting with Lynch to call other interested GMs.

Aside from the money, the opportunity to stay on the West Coast, and the chance to play for a contender, the 49ers were uniquely positioned to give Sherman something else.

“We had something no other team could offer … the ability to play Seattle twice a year,” Lynch said.

Sherman didn’t dispute that aspect of the 49ers’ appeal.

“I’m vengeful in that way,” he said.

Sherman added, “I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there. It was such a great opportunity. I helped the organization get to a great place and stay there. But now it’s like I abandoned them. People are out there burning my jersey. Come on. I’m not the one who let me go. They let me go. I didn’t abandon anybody.”

Sherman fought for a heavily incentivized deal that other teams like the Seahawks, Raiders, and Lions weren’t willing to offer. One such stipulation will award Sherman $11 million – what he would have earned with the Seahawks – if he plays in 90 percent of the team’s snaps in 2018 and makes the Pro Bowl, even if he can’t play in the game because the 49ers are in the Super Bowl.

“I don’t think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract,” Sherman said to King. “As long as I’m content with what I’m making, nothing else matters to me.”

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 11: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks gets the crowd going against the Miami Dolphins in the first half at CenturyLink Field on September 11, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

The San Francisco 49ers and four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman have reached an agreement on a three-year contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Terms of the deal were not officially disclosed by the 49ers, but Sherman’s contract is worth $39 million, with a $5 million signing bonus, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Sherman was released by the Seattle Seahawks Friday after spending the first seven years of his career with the organization. He took it in his stride, noting he had the lowest passer rating allowed since entering the league in 2011, while quoting Drake’s “Diplomatic Immunity”.

“I’m excited,” Sherman said of the agreement in a text to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche. “A lot of HOF DBs have gone through this incredible organization and I am looking to uphold that standard.”

The star cornerback was an integral part of Seattle’s vaunted secondary, nicknamed “The Legion of Boom”, helping the franchise record its lone Super Bowl victory in 2013. Seattle led the NFL in scoring defense from 2012-15 in large part due to Sherman’s shutdown ability, featuring almost exclusively at left cornerback. Sherman was named to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2013-16, three straight first-team All-Pro selections from 2012-2014, and led the NFL in interceptions during the 2013 season.

Sherman’s Seahawks were the nemesis of the 49ers for years, with the NFC West rivals vying for divisional supremacy for the vast majority of his career. The cornerback drew national attention after defeating the 49ers in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, claiming he was the best cornerback in the NFL during a famous post-game interview.

If the Seahawks-49ers rivalry needed a renewal, Sherman heading to the Bay Area could well be the flame that reignites the incendiary feud.

Confident he’ll return from his Achilles injury by training camp, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is aiming to play much further into the future despite entering the final year of his contract.

“Honestly I’m not sure on their side of things,” Sherman said, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN. “It doesn’t change anything in my mind. If we have the talks, we do, if we don’t, then it is what it is. I plan on playing five, six more years, whether it’s here or somewhere else. Business is business.”

Sherman has been acting as his own agent since his previous representation, Ben Dogra of CAA, had his license temporarily revoked by the NFLPA in January, 2016.

He doesn’t feel as though he’s missing out.

“It was just, I don’t need an agent at this point,” Sherman said. “My resume kind of is what it is – and if that’s not enough, then I don’t know what’s going to be enough.”

Sherman isn’t paying attention to rumors that the Seahawks could release him this offseason due to the injury, or to the fact he’ll turn 30 years old at the end of March and is due a non-guaranteed $11 million base salary for the upcoming season.

The Seahawks reportedly shopped Sherman last offseason but were unable to find a suitor willing to match a seemingly high asking price.

They were rewarded, as Sherman finished his abbreviated season as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 33 cornerback.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed cornerback Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles during Thursday’s win against the Arizona Cardinals and will miss the remainder of the season, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

Sherman left the game during the third quarter and limped off the field. The broadcast appeared to show him telling teammates that he’d torn his Achilles.

Team doctors confirmed Sherman will need season-ending surgery to repair the tendon.

“He couldn’t even walk. Remarkable competitor,” Carroll said of Sherman postgame, via Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

The veteran cornerback told reporters he’d expected to tear his Achilles at some point this year after battling through an injury to the tendon throughout much of the season.

“When it goes, it goes,” Sherman said via Will Brinson of CBS Sports.

Sherman had never missed a game in his seven-year career and it’s a devastating loss for the Seahawks’ secondary. Jeremy Lane and Justin Coleman will likely vie for increased snaps.