The newest addition to the Buccaneers certainly put a smile on a lot of faces Wednesday. Richard Sherman, 33, announced on “The Richard Sherman Podcast” that he was joining the Bucs in pursuit of another championship. In fact, Tom Brady called him a few weeks ago and began checking to see if Sherman was in football shape. Sherman told the media after practice Wednesday, that when Brady calls you either join him or regret not joining him.
Sherman’s deal with the Bucs is for one year and worth up to $2.25 million with bonuses and incentives and has a $500,000 guarantee per Pro Football Focus.
Full breakdown:— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) September 29, 2021
- Base salary: $1M ($1.2M prorated over 15 weeks)
- $500,000 guaranteed
- Per game bonuses: $350,000 ($25,000 per game for 14 games)
- Play-time incentives:
45% + playoffs = $300,000 or
55% + playoffs = $600,000 or
65 % + playoffs = $900,000
Total: $2,250,000 https://t.co/tFV2oc5Dc3
While meeting with the media, Sherman had some fun - joking about the weather, talking about the infamous “You mad, bro?” exchange with Tom Brady, but also discussing his timetable to play. Regarding this week’s much anticipated matchup with the New England Patriots, Sherman said, “It’s anybody’s guess. I’ll need at least a week of practice to really hone things in, to play at the level I’m capable of. I think it would be foolish to expect me to come out this week and play at a super high level. If I did that would be another thing to chalk up as a cool thing I did, but I think the expectations are for me to train and get in shape and be ready for the following game.”
To be fair, Sherman didn’t completely rule out the possibility of playing this weekend if the Bucs “absolutely need him,” but with Jamel Dean participating in practice Wednesday there’s a possibility he can play Sunday allowing the Bucs the flexibility to let Sherman sit out against New England.
When asked about the infamous meme of Sherman barking in Brady’s ear, Sherman unveiled that Brady was always a good sport about it and that yes - he is mad;
.@TomBrady @RSherman_25 pic.twitter.com/YtoxrXJsTq— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 29, 2021
Mike Evans was certainly excited about the addition, saying “I’ve had some battles with him. He’s an all time great player. Very, very smart player - one of the smartest players to ever play this game. I think he’s gonna help us a lot.”
Richard Sherman dives into more of the reasons he chose Tampa Bay - over other teams that were interested including his former teams the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks as well as division rivals New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers - in the first official episode of his new podcast which you can find here.
Additional notes for the Buccaneers - Jason Pierre-Paul did not practice and is unlikely to play this weekend according to head coach Bruce Arians. On the flip side, Antonio Brown is expected to return to practice on Thursday and be ready to roll in week four.