Richard Sherman says joining 49ers "reignites that gaoline fire".

Santa Clara CA USA Seattle Seahawks cornerback De Shawn Shead during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

"It just seems like the idea is that you bring in Richard Sherman to help make Ahkello Witherspoon into Richard Sherman part two", Barrows said.

And, oh by the way, eating that turkey leg on the 50-yard line on Thanksgiving night of 2014?

The move, which is expected to happen on Monday, has nothing to do with the purge of veteran Seahawks defenders that has already claimed Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett and Jeremy Lane.

One of the draws to the San Francisco 49ers for first-time free agent Richard Sherman was the revenge factor.

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The Seahawks, amid this offseason's deconstruction, will be a shell of their former selves when they put a nine-game win streak on the line against the 49ers, a streak that began with that 2013 season's NFC Championship Game punctuated by Sherman's end-zone play.

That Sherman, who is serving as his own agent, signed quickly with the first team he visited struck some as curious, especially since he also agreed to a contract that includes some heavy incentives (specifically, $2 million for 2018 in bonuses based on whether he is active on gameday, considered an exceedingly high number).

Instead of a $5 million signing bonus, as originally reported, the bonus - the only money Sherman was guaranteed at signing - is $3 million, with another $2 million in a bonus for being on the roster the first day of training camp if he passes a physical. "Now, if I play the way I know I'm capable of playing, I know I'm going to get paid".

Much has been made of the Achilles tear, but it's not as if players can't return from such an injury. He told ESPN the contract is worth up to $39.5 million. "I spent a lot of time wearing a red (Stanford) jersey in the Bay, so I'm sure I'll figure it out".

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According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Sherman reached out to Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, who let him know there would be not enough cap room to compete for his services.

Last season, the 49ers' pass defence ranked 24th in the league in yards allowed per attempt with 7.2, 22nd in yards allowed per game with 235 and 24th in passer rating allowed with 93.9.

But it's not just Sherman's production on the field that piqued the 49ers' interest.

"This division has gotten a lot better over the a year ago or so". I saw a command of the offense. "... He's always coming up with two or three concepts that we've never seen and we really had no answer (for) outside of some real bastardizations or our defense. Outside of that, some of these concepts were freaking dang tough to stop". But Sherman has fond memories of secondary brotherhood in Seattle. He spoke so highly of Ahkello Witherspoon, the 49ers' other projected starting cornerback, that Sherman claimed: "He's going to be a star".

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8 career interceptions in 2013, leading the league. And he's as ambitious as ever.

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