Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman signed a four-year, $57.4 million contract on Wednesday that makes him the NFL's highest-paid cover man.
Sherman said the deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money.
"The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks," Sherman wrote on his blog. "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."
The 6-foot-3 Sherman led the league with eight interceptions last season when the Seahawks won their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
Sherman, 26, has emerged as one of the NFL's top defensive players since being selected by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. He mentioned there were 23 other cornerbacks selected ahead of him.
Sherman made $555,000 in 2013 and was scheduled to earn a $1.4 million base salary this season on the last year of the four-year rookie deal he signed in 2011.
Sherman's deal comes two weeks after the Seahawks wrapped up a four-year, $40 million contract with Earl Thomas that made him the highest-paid safety in the league.
---Colts owner Jim Irsay, who entered a rehab facility after his DUI arrest in March, will be in Atlanta for the NFL owners meetings later this month and make a presentation for Indianapolis' 2018 Super Bowl bid.
Colts chief operating officer Pete Ward told reporters of Irsay's plans during a news conference Wednesday by the Indiana Sports Corp detailing Indianapolis' bid submitted this week to the league.
The Indianapolis Star reported that Ward's comments could be the biggest indication yet that Irsay may be out of treatment and possibly resuming some of his responsibilities in running the team. But Ward would not speak to Irsay's whereabouts or whether he has completed and departed the inpatient treatment facility.
Irsay was arrested on March 17 in Carmel, Ind., on preliminary charges and faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. The police report said Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his car. Formal charges against Irsay have yet to be filed.
Irsay's daughter, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, has been leading the Colts in her father's absence.
---San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted he is "glad the truth is getting out" in response to the 911 tapes released in the investigation in Miami involving a naked woman.
The woman who referred to herself as "Jesus" was the focus of two emergency calls placed April 1, according to 911 tapes released Tuesday.
Kaepernick wrote on Twitter:
"On 911 calls, I'm glad the truth is getting out. Info that came out earlier was totally wrong. I look forward to this matter being resolved."
Kaepernick denied any wrongdoing when word of the occurrence because public. Miami police continue looking into what it terms a "suspicious incident," not a criminal investigation.
According to the police report, the incident occurred when a woman went to Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette's apartment. Kaepernick and Patton were there.
According to police, the woman said she passed out and later awakened in a hospital.
Kaepernick strongly defended himself on Twitter after news of the incident first spread. He also spoke about the incident last Friday in his hometown of Turlock, Calif., at a public event.
---On behalf of tight end Jimmy Graham, the NFL players association filed a grievance to challenge his position classification, a designation that could change Graham's franchise player salary by nearly $5.3 million.
As a tight end with a franchise tag, Graham would receive a one-year contract worth $7.053 million. If he were classified as a receiver, Graham would get a one-year deal worth $12.132 million.
Graham plays tight end but wants to be designated as a wide receiver because he lined up off the line of scrimmage -- meaning split wide or lined up as a slot receiver -- more than 60 percent of the snaps in 2014.
The Saints used the one-year franchise tag on Graham on March 3. Both sides have been in negotiations, and coach Sean Payton said last month he is confident a deal will be complete before the July deadline.
Graham led the Saints in receptions (86), yards (1,215) and touchdowns (16) last season.