Cornerback feels as though Seahawks could show their appreciation with big contract.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes that the best way the organisation could show their appreciation of him would be by, for a better phrase, showing him the money.
It is understood that contract negotiations between the two parties are ongoing after the Seahawks made it a priority to address his situation given that he is now in the final year of his rookie agreement.
However, a source close to the situation has told ESPN that the sides are perhaps not as close to reaching a deal as some reports have suggested.
“Whatever they feel I am due. I will take it as respect,” Sherman told NFL Network. “It’s all about respect in this game, and the only way people show respect is the dollars. We’ll see what happens.”
The 26-year-old is scheduled to make $1.4m this season and while there is no timetable for the sides to reach an agreement, it has been made clear that Seattle do want to secure both Sherman and safety Earl Thomas as soon as possible.
Looking at the market landscape, it has been suggested that Sherman will likely demand a new contract in the region of that handed to Darrelle Revis by the New England Patriots, which will see him make around $12m.
However, Sherman can argue that he is the best in his position in the league currently, and no doubt given his personality he will do so, which could therefore force the hand of the Seahawks.
Sherman had 18 pass deflections and eight interceptions last season while his most memorable moment came in the NFC Championship Game when he knocked the ball away from San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree into the arms of linebacker Malcolm Smith which effectively sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
Seattle will begin their defence of the championship with a Week 1 clash against the Green Bay Packers, with Sherman looking to continue to prove why he is deserving of a more significant deal.