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Richard Sherman officially has gone to the other side.

The four-time All-Pro cornerback signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Raiders Authentic Jerseys , two days after being released by the rival Seattle Seahawks.

The deal reportedly is worth up to $39.15 million.

"Richard is one of the premier competitors Kyle and I have ever encountered," 49ers general Manager John Lynch said, referring to coach Kyle Shanahan. "We look forward to him sharing his wealth of experience and his passion for the game of football with our team.

"Richard has long been looked at as the prototypical corner in our scheme and the opportunity to have him mentor our players was one we needed to attack. Most importantly, we are excited to have a championship-caliber corner on the field for the 49ers."

Sherman played an integral role in the fierce NFC West rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco earlier this decade. With the Seahawks retooling their defense, he became expendable. His deflection on a potential winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won.

Sherman then celebrated a Thanksgiving night win in a road game against the 49ers the following season by eating a turkey leg on the 50-yard line.

Now, the player who was reviled so much by 49ers fans is joining their team after the Seahawks decided he wasn't worth his $13 million salary for 2018. San Francisco hopes he can make a big impact even as he turns 30 later this month and is coming off an Achilles tendon injury that cost him half of the 2017 season. Sherman also had a cleanup surgery on his opposite ankle during the offseason.

The 49ers had a glaring need at cornerback with 2017 third-round pick Ahkello Witherspoon and slot cornerback K'Waun Williams the only players under contract with extensive experience. The Niners believe Sherman can fill that role in a defense modeled by coordinator Robert Saleh after the one that had so much success in Seattle. Saleh was a former defensive assistant with the Seahawks.

Sherman became a star in Seattle, bringing a brash attitude and willingness to speak out on any topic to go along with his stellar play. His best seasons came in 2013 and 2014, when Seattle made two Super Bowl appearances, and he has 32 career interceptions.

He still was one of the better cornerbacks the past three seasons, ranking second in the NFL by allowing just 49.2 percent of passes against him to be caught, according to Pro Football Focus.

Sherman played his college ball in the Bay Area at Stanford under former coach Jim Harbaugh, who then went up against Sherman during his four seasons in charge of the 49ers.

Teddy Bridgewater can't help but smile these days.

Even through the sweat and exhaustion that mark the blazing hot days of training camp, the New York Jets quarterback still appreciates the little things about being a professional football player.

Because he almost wasn't anymore.

"I get excited every day I get to get my ankles taped Jihad Ward Color Rush Jersey , lace my cleats up and run out of the locker room and practice because it was taken away from me for two years," Bridgewater said after a recent practice.

"To be able to just wake up and know you have the opportunity to continue to do something that you love doing, it's a great feeling."

Bridgewater has the type of perspective few players ever get, or want to get, for that matter. He was able to come back from the type of injury that would end most playing careers.

But when the Jets open their preseason schedule Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons, Bridgewater will step on the field 鈥?and probably smile some more.

And then, he'll get under center for what will likely be his most extensive game action in almost two years.

"Right now, I am doing everything I dreamed of doing and that is waking up and continuing to play football," Bridgewater said. "It's a wonderful feeling. It gives me the chills right now just thinking about it, knowing how the previous two years were. But you take advantage of this opportunity. I look forward to every day.

"Some people may say, 'This is training camp. This is the grind of things, and I can't wait to get to the regular season, things will be easier," but I look forward to it. You embrace the grind because it was once taken from you."

On Aug. 30 Chris Herndon Jersey Jets , 2016, the former Louisville star was practicing with the Minnesota Vikings when he went down with a non-contact injury. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and dislocated the knee joint, and it is believed that only quick work by the team training staff and doctors saved Bridgewater's leg.

Playing football again didn't seem likely, given the severity of the injury. But Bridgewater never gave up believing in a big-time comeback.

"Never, never," he said. "I had nothing but positive thoughts. I didn't allow any negativity to even creep into my circle. I knew that if I'm negative, I'm going to have those negative thoughts and it may hinder my progress."

So, Bridgewater approached his recovery and arduous rehabilitation with the same type of determination.

He learned to move his leg again. And walk. Then, jog. And, now, run.

Bridgewater gradually regained strength in his knee and trusted that it would hold up when he dropped back to throw a pass.

On Dec. 17, 2017 鈥?nearly 16 months after he went down in a heap of pain and uncertainty 鈥?Bridgewater walked onto the field at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati. The fans gave him a standing ovation, and he went on to throw two passes in the Vikings' 34-7 win, including one that was intercepted.

The stats didn't matter. He had made it back.

Just as he always believed.

"I definitely feel like I'm good Mason Cole Jersey Cardinals ," Bridgewater said of his health. "I've been working with the training staff here and we've been hitting it hard, and I'm excited. I'm looking forward to these upcoming preseason games and just getting out there and having fun playing football again."

The Vikings moved on from Bridgewater during the offseason and allowed him to become a free agent. The Jets, with uncertainty at the quarterback position, signed him to a one-year deal.

The also brought back Josh McCown, the incumbent starter, and drafted Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick out of USC who is considered the future of the franchise. Having them on the field with Bridgewater this summer has made for an intriguing quarterback competition.

"He has been a great team player, great in the meeting room and for the guys as well," coach Todd Bowles said of Bridgewater. "I've got to say, this is the best three-quarterback combination room I've been around from a mental standpoint, so that is great to have."

McCown is No. 1 on the depth chart, followed by Bridgewater and Darnold, and all three have had up-and-down moments on the field this summer. Off the field, all three quarterbacks have repeatedly talked about the camaraderie they have quickly established. And Josh Gordon Browns Jersey , there's a ton of respect for Bridgewater willing himself to even get back to this point.

"Obviously, he's had a long road recovery-wise from his knee, but his mind has been on football," McCown said. "You can tell he's sharp and I've been really impressed with everything he's done. I think the future is really bright for Teddy. I'm excited for him."

Bridgewater has been checking off milestones for most of the past 24 months. He's not surebut whatever he does will be another positive.

The next goal on his list, though, is yet to be determined.

"I have to sit down and think about the next milestone," Bridgewater said. "But for now, it's just living in the moment, enjoying this opportunity and taking advantage of it."

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