San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman is having a 2020 to forget.
Sherman, the 49ers’ veteran lockdown defender, has missed most of this season with a calf injury. Months after collapsing in Super Bowl 54, the injury-depleted 49ers are long-shots to make this year’s postseason.
Missing the majority of the San Francisco 49ers’ 2020 season isn’t the only problem Sherman has on his hands. All of the time he’s missed has dealt a substantial blow to Sherman’s bank account.
Richard Sherman has had an excellent NFL career
When the time comes, the Pro Football Hall of Fame may formally request a lock of Richard Sherman’s dreadlocks.
A fifth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, Sherman has been among the league’s best cornerbacks since entering the league.
In his first nine seasons, Sherman snagged 35 interceptions, broke up 114 passes, forced five fumbles, and scored three defensive touchdowns. Sherman earned Pro Bowl honors five times and first-team All-Pro distinctions three times.
The veteran cornerback also had four career playoff interceptions and a forced fumble. Sherman won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in February 2014, when Seattle routed Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Sherman has missed most of the 2020 season with a calf injury
Richard Sherman and the San Francisco 49ers entered the 2020 season with something to prove.
San Francisco led late in Super Bowl 54 before Patrick Mahomes engineered a Chiefs comeback victory. The 49ers returned this year with many of the same players, but in a much-improved NFC West Division.
This year has been challenging in Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers are 4-5 entering its Week 10 road trip with Drew Brees and the Saints. Injuries have depleted the 49ers’ active roster and numerous players, including star defensive end Nick Bosa, are out for the year.
It is not yet known if starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain, will return this year.
Richard Sherman has been on the 49ers’ injury report since suffering a calf strain in Week 1. Sherman racked up four tackles in the 49ers’ Week 1 loss to Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.
Sherman’s absence has been a big blow to the 49ers on and off the field. Since arriving in San Francisco two years ago, Sherman has been a crucial leader and impact defender.
Richard Sherman has already lost over $4.5 million in 2020
Richard Sherman’s bank account is hurting as much as his calf, if not more.
As laid out by ProFootballTalk, Sherman earns $62,500 each week and, come Sunday, will have missed nine games. That equals out to $562,500, which on its own is a large amount of money.
Sherman has also missed out on the following incentives:
- A $1 million incentive for participating in at least 90 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 2020.
- Another $1 million bonus for making the Pro Bowl team
- A $2 million incentive for earning first- or second-team All-Pro honors.
In total, Sherman has already lost $4.562 million. Luckily for Sherman, he will still make $8 million in base salary.
Sherman could return to action in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. San Francisco is off in Week 11.