As an NFL veteran entering his eighth season in the league, Richard Sherman knows the ins and outs of a solid contract.
In 2014, he signed a four-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth $57.4 million, which at the time made him the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. Now, as a newly-signed player for the San Francisco 49ers, Sherman explains why he went to the negotiating table without representation to work out a three-year, $39.15 million deal.
"One of the main reasons I had decided to represent myself in negotiations was because I knew it would be a big challenge, and I never shy away from a challenge," he writes for The Players' Tribune. "But also, I wanted to be represented by somebody who was going to look out for my best interest and nothing else. So I thought, 'Who better than me?'"