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    Seahawks release Richard Sherman

    SEATTLE -- Cornerback Richard Sherman made it abundantly clear that he wants "to go to a contender" after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks, even if that contender might be the team that is letting him go.

    The Seahawks announced Sherman's release Friday with a failed physical designation.

    The release means Sherman -- who is acting as his own agent -- can get a head start on finding his next team. He can now sign anywhere -- including the Seahawks -- without having to wait until the start of free agency on March 14.

    Sherman had one season left on the four-year, $56 million extension he signed in 2014 after Seattle won Super Bowl XLVIII. He was scheduled to count $13.2 million against the 2018 salary cap. Releasing him saves Seattle $11 million in cash and 2018 cap space.

    One of the most accomplished cornerbacks of his generation, Sherman made four Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All-Pro three times during his seven seasons with the Seahawks, who drafted him in the fifth round out of Stanford in 2011. His 32 interceptions in that span are first among NFL players, as are his 99 passes defended, according to the NFL.

    Sherman was an instrumental figure in Seattle's historically good defense, which allowed the fewest points in the NFL every year from 2012 to 2015. During Sherman's seven seasons with the team, the Seahawks made five playoff appearances, reached two Super Bowls and delivered Seattle its first NFL championship.

    But Sherman's future with Seattle had been in question since last offseason, when the Seahawks, in a rare move, publicly acknowledged that they were exploring potential trades. That followed a turbulent 2016 season in which the often outspoken Sherman twice lost his cool on the sideline during separate outbursts aimed at Seattle's coaches.

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    Richard Sherman switching teams in NFC West, to join 49ers on three-year deal

    Richard Sherman has agreed to a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The free-agent cornerback told ESPN's Josina Anderson that the incentive-laden deal is worth up to $39.15 million.

    "I'm thankful to John [Lynch, 49ers GM] and Kyle [Shanahan, 49ers coach] for believing in me," Sherman told Anderson. "Some smaller details still getting ironed out, but #ShermInTheBay."

    The 49ers had met with Sherman earlier Saturday and wanted to make sure he is healing well from a torn Achilles in one leg and a bone spur in the other. On Friday, Sherman told Anderson that he will be back running on the treadmill next week.

    Sherman and the 49ers both expect that he will be ready for training camp, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter, who first reported the agreement between the sides.

    After being released Friday by the Seahawks, Sherman said he had received preliminary interest from the Titans, Lions, Raiders, Texans, Buccaneers and Packers as well as the 49ers. But San Francisco ended up being the choice, which means two games against his former team in Seattle each regular season.

    In adding Sherman, the 49ers filled what was arguably the biggest hole on their team with the most proven veteran cornerback on the market. San Francisco allowed a total QBR of 87 last season, second-worst in the league. At the NFL scouting combine, Lynch said it didn't take a "savant" to see the team's need at the position.

    Sherman has a long history with the Bay Area, playing his college football at nearby Stanford before going on to become one of the Niners' biggest adversaries during the heated Seahawks-Niners rivalry that spanned from 2011 to 2013.