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Richard Sherman gets trolled by John Lynch, still signs with 49ers

One of the key moments during the 49ers’ recruitment of Richard Sherman came when general manager John Lynch used the worst moment in the former Seattle Seahawks star’s career to prod him into coming to San Francisco.
Well, it was more like a troll job by Lynch.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King , when Sherman requested more time to consider the 49ers’ offer, Lynch used a football euphemism that hit a little too close to home.

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“We’re on the 1-yard line here!” Lynch said, near the end of Saturday’s five-hour meeting with Sherman, who was acting as his own agent. “We can do this! We can put this in the end zone!”
Sherman, painfully aware his Seahawks were one yard away from winning Super Bowl XLIX three years ago when Russell Wilson’s interception ended the gam, just smiled at Lynch. “I’ve been at the 1-yard line before, and it didn’t go so well.”
Lynch said: “I promise you, we won’t throw it this time.”
Sherman was able to withstand Lynch’s dig and even smile, even while still feeling somewhat bitter about just being released by the Seahawks.
In that sense, the 49ers and Lynch knew they always had a trump card in the negotiations.
“We had something no other team could offer,” Lynch said. “The ability to play Seattle twice a year.”
Sherman noted to Sports Illustrated that it was a key selling point for the 49ers.
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“I’m vengeful in that way,” he said.
Should Sherman’s Achilles injury continue to heal and he’s able to stay healthy this season, the 30-year-old cornerback will do some trolling of his own next season — at the Seahawks’ expense again.

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