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NFL notebook: Sherman signs 3-year deal with 49ers

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12 Mar 2018, 09:03 GMT+10

The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Richard Sherman to a three-year contract on Sunday.

The four-time Pro Bowl cornerback visited the team on Saturday and quickly agreed to contract terms with the team. The deal is worth $39.15 million with a $5 million signing bonus, according to NFL Network.

The two parties came to an agreement one day after Sherman was officially released by the Seattle Seahawks with a failed physical designation. He reportedly had dinner with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on Friday night, per The Athletic.

--The New York Giants are severing ties with veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The 31-year-old Rodgers-Cromartie started five of 15 games last season and failed to record an interception for the second time in his career.

Rodgers-Cromartie was a first-round draft pick (No. 16 overall) of the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, he has 30 interceptions in 10 seasons with the Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Giants.

--The New York Jets have the most salary cap space in the NFL, according to Over the Cap. The Jets have about $89.9 million to spend before reaching the cap.

Previously, the Cleveland Browns had the most cap space before making a flurry of moves over a two-day period last week. The Browns still have plenty of space but not as much as the Jets, who are still in the running for free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The 30-year-old Cousins is believed to be interested in the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings and Jets.

--Cleveland Browns star left tackle Joe Thomas is still considering his playing future, but he endorsed the flurry of trades made by the team last week.

Thomas, who has said he plans to make a decision by the March 14 deadline for the start of free agency, appeared on a podcast and offered no insight as to whether the four trades will affect his decision, per Cleveland.com.

However, ESPN reported that the 10-time Pro Bowl selection said via email that his "decision will be based purely on my health."

--Defensive end Benson Mayowa may not be moving out of the NFC East. Mayowa, released by the Dallas Cowboys last week, is expected to visit the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

The 26-year-old Mayowa saw his production decline in 2017, when he registered 21 tackles and one sack in his second season with Dallas and fifth overall in the NFL.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder established career highs with the Cowboys in 2016, racking up 25 tackles and six sacks in 13 games, including six starts.

The Redskins also are expected to have free-agent defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson in for a visit.

--With free agency set to start in three days, the NFL sent a reminder to teams in an effort to avoid any issues of tampering.

A memo was sent to all teams, instructing the clubs that it must have received written permission from the employers of potential free agents-to-be, according to profootballtalk.com, which obtained a copy of the directive.

Free agents can begin signing contracts at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, which marks the start of the league's new year. That's also when trades that have already been consummated will become official.

Teams and agents can begin negotiating agreements Monday although no contracts can be signed until after Wednesday afternoon's deadline.

--A person with ownership ties in the NHL and NBA has emerged as a potential bidder for the Carolina Panthers.

Michael Rubin, an e-commerce billionaire, is the latest name to surface as a possible buyer of the Panthers, the Charlotte Observer reported.

A minority owner of the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers, Rubin joins a list of possible bidders that includes Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner David Tepper and South Carolina businessman Ben Navarro.

The 45-year-old Rubin, whose businesses include an online sports merchandise company, has a net worth of $3 billion, the newspaper reporting, citing figures from Forbes.

--Eric Winston is without a team but that didn't prevent him from remaining as president of the NFL Players Association.

The NFLPA announced via Twitter that Winston was unanimously re-elected to serve as president for a third term.

The 34-year-old offensive tackle is eligible to serve the two-year team because he played in 2017. Winston was released by the Cincinnati Bengals just prior to the 2017 season and re-signed by the club to a one-year deal on Nov. 8.

--ABC apparently took a knee and decided not to air a sitcom episode involving NFL players kneeling for the national anthem.

The network opted to pull an episode of the show "Black-ish" that was scheduled to air on Feb. 27, series creator Kenya Barris told Variety.com.

The episode in question, titled "Please, Baby, Please," detailed the show's characters debating the merits of players kneeling for the national anthem.

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