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Richard Sherman thriving to become the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XX held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes he is the best corner in the league and the outspoken All-Pro believes he should be the NFL’s highest-paid corner. According to a report by NFL.com on April 23, Sherman is a step closer to getting the long-term contract extension he feels he deserves.

Both the Seahawks and Sherman are hoping to get a deal done before the 2014 season begins. The 26-year-old cornerback is leaving it up to his agents to handle how quickly a new deal can be worked out. Whether or not he actually becomes the highest-paid cornerback in the league is left up to how much respect the team has for him and how much he is valued in a defense that led the team to a Super Bowl victory against the Denver Broncos.

“Whatever they feel I am due, I will take it as respect. It’s all about respect in this game, and the only way people respect is the dollars,” Sherman told NFL Media’s Albert Breer. Respect is also what put Sherman on the national stage as his Michael Crabtree taunt following the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers made headlines and also made Richard Sherman a household name.

His talk on the field with his play as well as his outspoken nature off the field has defined Sherman over the last few months. His talent on the field is what will eventually get him the money he feels he deserves and how he handles himself off the field has landed Sherman on “Time” magazines “100 Most Influential People” list. Immediately labeled a “thug” after his outburst made national news, Sherman has demonstrated with his well-spoken and humorous nature why his is anything but a thug. Time’s Sean Gregory summed up just why Sherman made the list.

“Sherman’s rant solidified his reputation as one of the brashest and most candid players in the buttoned-up NFL. Most important, it sparked a national conversation about race, stereotyping and sportsmanship. When critics labeled the dreadlocked defensive star a ‘thug,’ Sherman, a Compton, Calif.-raised Stanford graduate, engaged the debate, asking if the term was today’s way of calling him the N word? In a heartbeat, Sherman altered the discourse and emerged as the smartest voice in the room.”