RENTON, Wash. — Richard Sherman finally got his moment of being a top pick.
He stood on the stage with spotlights beaming directly on his bow tie. With the coach on one side and general manager on the other, Sherman held up a Seattle Seahawks jersey with his named across the back.
When Sherman entered the NFL as a fifth-rounder, there was no fanfare. That all came Wednesday as Sherman became the latest piece of the Super Bowl champions to be locked up for the long term.
“I guess this is how it feels to be a first-rounder,” Sherman said after signing a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks that will make him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history.
Much in the tenor of doing things the way he wants, Sherman unveiled the extension on his website before the team could make the announcement. The two-time first-team All-Pro selection wrote the deal will pay him $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed and will keep him in a Seahawks uniform through the 2018 season. The deal includes a reported $11 million signing bonus.
WELL-KNOWN SCOUT NUNN DIES: Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers scout Bill Nunn has died of complications from a stroke. He was 89.
The Steelers said Nunn died in a hospital Tuesday night.
Through 46 seasons in the NFL, Nunn was considered one of the premier scouts of the traditionally black colleges. In 2010, Nunn became part of the inaugural class of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, along with such NFL stars as Deacon Jones, Walter Payton, Willie Lanier and Tank Younger.
Among the players scouted by Nunn who went on to lead the Steelers to their 1970s dynasty were ex-Southern star Mel Blount, John Stallworth, L.C. Greenwood, Donnie Shell and Ernie Holmes.
GOODELL SAYS TEAM NEEDS STADIUM: In Buffalo, New York, NFL 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.
In calling the Bills’ recently negotiated 10-year lease agreement a “short-term solution,” Goodell on Wednesday said a new stadium would be the next step in securing the team’s long-term future.
“We all want to focus and get that stadium built,” Goodell said. “We need to find the right long-term solution that is good for the community and can help the Bills continue to be successful in western New York. I’m confident we’ll get there.”
Goodell spoke during a pre-NFL draft event in New York City, and his comments were provided in a transcript released by the NFL.
The Bills’ long-term future is uncertain after the team’s owner and founder Ralph Wilson died in March. Wilson’s estate is in the process of appointing an investment banking firm to oversee a sale of the team, which raises concerns of the Bills relocating.
Goodell became the first to publicly suggest the team will require a new stadium.