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Jimmie Ward gives No. 25 to Richard Sherman

Despite how The Faithful might feel about adding former Seattle Seahawk and archival Richard Sherman, the 29-year-old cornerback is already making a good impression with his new San Francisco 49ers teammates. That became evident on Tuesday morning when Sherman told Murph & Mac that safety Jimmie Ward plans to give him No. 25.

“We had a good conversation and he’s going to give me my number, which is cool and a testament to him,” Sherman said. “He’s a great guy. And he told me the story of why he wore the number and it actually meant a lot to him. So I appreciated him being willing to give me a chance at it.”

Since breaking into the NFL seven years ago with the Seahawks, Sherman has only worn No. 25. During that time, Sherman leads the league with 32 interceptions since 2011 and started each game as Seattle’s left cornerback from 2012-2016. He’s a Super Bowl champion, three-time first-team All-Pro, and four-time Pro Bowler.

Regardless of his success, Sherman was cut by the Seahawks on Friday, only to be signed by the 49ers on a three-year contract, worth up to $39.15 million, on Saturday.

As for Ward, he’s worn No. 25 since debuting in 2014. After starting a career-high 10 games in 2016 as San Francisco’s starting right cornerback, Ward appeared in seven games last year, where he recorded 43 yards on one fumble recovery with 27 tackles and five assists.

 

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