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Sherman becomes top-paid corner

Once-snubbed Richard Sherman will earn $14M a year.

Once-snubbed Richard Sherman will earn $14M a year.

RENTON, Wash. — Richard Sherman's anticipation as the 2011 draft began turned quickly to anger as the former Stanford player sat through two days of hearing names called that weren't his.

Then, as Day 3 began, there was a fleeting moment of desperation. "The fourth round passes and you are like, 'Damn, I might not get picked,' " he recalled. "That's when it starts going downhill. That's when you start thinking, 'Is this it for football?' ''

On Wednesday, Sherman, 26, signed a four-year extension that will keep him in Seattle through 2018. "I'm finally going to get treated like a first-rounder for once," said the player who went from the 154th overall pick to being hailed by many as the best cornerback in football.

Actually, he got treated like much more than that, handed an extension that means he could make $57.4 million the next five seasons, with $40 million guaranteed. He will receive a base salary of $1.4 million for 2014 on the last year of his original rookie contract, then $56 million in the 2015-18 seasons (including an $11 million signing bonus).

The average of just more than $14 million for the last four years makes him the highest-paid corner, topping the $12 million that former Buc Darrelle Revis will make in 2014 with the Patriots.

surgery for bucs' goldson: Safety Dashon Goldson, who was only a spectator at the Bucs' voluntary minicamp two weeks ago, had a "foot procedure" in the offseason but is expected to return in time for preseason camp in July, the team confirmed. Goldson, 29, a free agent acquisition in 2013, was limited to 13 games due to injuries and a suspension. The procedure was initially reported as an ankle surgery by the NFL Network. Goldson, 29, had just one interception last year after totaling nine in his final two seasons with the 49ers. He's entering the second year of a five-year, $41 million deal.

Bills: Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was arrested Monday night in Cleburne County, Ala. Dareus was arrested by state trooper and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held for about 30 minutes and released, according to the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office.

redskins: A day after he was reinstated by the league and cut by the Redskins, veteran safety Tanard Jackson signed a new deal. The former Buc was suspended indefinitely without pay in August 2012 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. It was his third drug-related suspension, and it came a few months after he signed a one-year deal with Washington. He missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons, but he remained under contract.

Saints: The NFL Players Association confirmed that it filed a grievance on behalf of Jimmy Graham concerning the tight end's franchise tag designation. At issue is whether the league was correct to apply the tight end tag to Graham or whether he should have received the more lucrative wide receiver tag, a difference of $5 million. The league's current collective bargaining agreement states that a player should be tagged according to the position at which he lined up most often. Graham and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, are contending that the frequency with which Graham lined up split out from the line merits the $12.3 million receiver's franchise tag, not the $7 million tight end tag. According to an analysis by ESPN Stats and Information, Graham lined up split out from the line on 67 percent of his snaps — 45 percent of the time in the slot and 22 percent out wide.

Sherman becomes top-paid corner 05/07/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:15pm]
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