RICHARD SHERMAN finally got the attention of being a top pick.
Standing on the stage with the spotlight directly on him and holding a Seattle jersey with his name across the back, the All-Pro cornerback became the latest player in the Seahawks' secondary to be locked up for the long term.
And he's getting paid the best of anyone.
"I guess this is how it feels to be a first-rounder," Sherman said.
Sherman signed a 4-year contract extension yesterday with the Seahawks, making him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. Sherman announced the deal on his website and later confirmed the new deal is set to keep him in a Seahawks uniform through the 2018 season. Sherman wrote that the extension is for $57.4 million, with $40 million guaranteed.
Sherman wrote on his website that there is no other team or city that he would want to play for.
"The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks," Sherman wrote. "With this chapter closed, I can continue to focus on what is important - defending our Super Bowl Championship and being the best cornerback in the NFL."
Sherman, 26, was a fifth-round draft choice in 2011 out of Stanford.
Sherman's deal wraps up a solid offseason for Seattle prior to the NFL draft. The Seahawks re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett before the start of free agency. They then reached extensions with coach Pete Carroll through 2016 and a 4-year, $40 million extension with All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas.
Now Sherman, a two-time All-Pro selection, is locked up as well. Thomas and Sherman are under contract through the 2018 season, while strong safety Kam Chancellor is under contract through 2017.
* The NFL Players Association confirmed that it filed a grievance on behalf of Jimmy Graham concerning the New Orleans tight end's franchise-tag designation.
At issue is whether the NFL was correct to apply the tight end tag to Graham or whether Graham should have received the more lucrative wide receiver tag, a difference of $5 million.
* Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed optimism that the Bills will remain in Buffalo and suggested the franchise will need a new stadium to ensure its long-term viability.
* Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers scout Bill Nunn has died of complications from a stroke. He was 89.
* Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who entered a rehab facility in the middle of March, will be in Atlanta for the NFL owners meetings this month, team chief operating officer Pete Ward said.
It's uncertain if Irsay is still in rehab or getting treatment elsewhere. He was arrested March 17 and faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. According to the police report, Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his car. He has not been charged.