49ers introduce Richard Sherman; ex-Seahawk vows to be healed in time for season

San Francisco 49ers new cornerback Richard Sherman poses for a photo after answering questions during an NFL football news conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Sherman agreed to a three-year deal with the 49ers. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman stood alone on the stage in the 49ers auditorium Tuesday afternoon wearing a red suit, a black button-up shirt, a black 49ers cap and a gold necklace.

But, no plastic protective boot.

“I’ll be back on the field May, June,” said Sherman, who had surgery on his ruptured right Achilles tendon last November and a minor surgery on his left Achilles tendon in February. He wore a boot on his left foot until recently, and seems to be gradually recovering from both procedures.

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  1. Cooper: I would feel a lot better if we had previously added Pugh/Norwell to play Guard 1. Cooper could then be expected to compete with Garnett/Tomlinson for Guard 2. Unfortunately we will now have to spend a relatively early pick on Guard and pray he can be an effective starter day 1.

    Sherman: I would have preferred Amerson. Sherman’s deal definitely puts the burden on him and I respect his work ethic and confidence. The issue is we are fighting an uphill battle against mother nature. Achilles tears are tricky and usually take 9-15 months to heal. I would expect the Niners draft a CB in the middle rounds as insurance.

    1. Amerson isn’t very good. He had a short run of good play for the Raiders when they first picked him up off the waiver wire but overall has been a liability. Sherman at whatever he comes back at is likely to be a better player.

        1. He’s never relied on speed. He’s always been a physical CB who has the ability to mimic the receivers movements. Obviously there is a chance he will struggle if he loses a gear, but with his technique he’ll be ok unless he absolutely can’t run anymore.

    1. Actually, I was reminded of the album cover photo of Papa John Creecn’s 2nd LP “Filthy”
      Check it out
      I’ve come to terms with Sherman like I did with Deion.

      1. Besides the Cpt Kirk reference I posted yesterday, Sherman’s presser yesterday reminded me of Alice Cooper. When I was a teenager I remember being shocked to learn that the guy on stage (biting off chicken heads) was playing golf with the good old boys in Hawaii when he was off stage. He was impecably dressed in golf attire and by all accounts a very polite and good guy to play a round of golf with. The persona versus the man (it was mostly a 9 to 5 job for him, I guess).

        1. I had dinner with Alice Cooper at the Pro-Am Golf tournament when I was 11. I can confirm he is a refined, polite, sophisticated guy. I had no idea who he was when I was 11.

          1. It might be a good read for you to write a book for all those you have met in the entertainment business and sports relm when you were young and now. Might be a fun endeavor.

      2. I thought it was a picture of Rick James for a second.

        Happy to have him. Yes he played for a hated rival, but he’s a hell of a player and a leader as well. We need somebody like that in the locker room.

      3. I put those two in the same category, Brotha. Not sure I’m going to be able to adapt as gracefully as you…

  2. I’m sure I’ll be happy if he plays well but right now I still can’t stand the guy. Seeing him in a 49er hat feels like going to a sports bar to watch the 49er game with the guy who stole your girlfriend. It’s just not right.

  3. If that suit does not show swagger, I don’t know what does.

    Welcome to the 49ers Richard. I hated you but now I have no choice but to love you!

  4. Sherman’s bluster comes from his pride and belief in his self-worth. He’s got a grade A chip on his shoulder, which worked for Seattle and will work for us if he can still play. I think he’s just what we need in the locker room and on the field. Assuming he can still play and Witherspoon is not an illusion, teams won’t be able to throw long on us, and we may already be in the position to win the division. But we need to be able to pressure Goff, so I agree with many here that they’ll use pick number 9 to draft Landry. I think need for LB comes second.

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