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Sherman confirmed the decision in a text message to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Fox Sports first reported Sherman's decision.
Sherman has ligament damage in his left elbow after being injured in the NFC title game and may need Tommy John surgery.
On his radio show on the team's flagship station Tuesday morning, Carroll said that he may have been misled on what type of surgery Sherman might need to repair the ligament damage in his elbow suffered in the NFC championship game.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday that, if the Seahawks had to play this Sunday, Sherman would be able to go. Sherman sprained his elbow in the fourth quarter in the NFC championship game against Green Bay.
Sherman said his elbow is "better than it was" during the fourth quarter of Seattle's 28-22 overtime win over Green Bay. Sherman was injured on the first play of the fourth quarter when he appeared to hyperextend his elbow while getting sandwiched between Green Bay's James Starks and teammate Kam Chancellor. Sherman played the rest of the game with his left arm pinned against his chest.
Despite the notoriety that has come with winning an online vote to be on the cover, along with numerous other endorsements this offseason and a new contract extension, Sherman has remained committed to the Seahawks' offseason program. Seattle coach Pete Carroll noted Monday that Sherman has missed "maybe a day" of the voluntary offseason program.
Sherman announced the news on his website Wednesday ahead of a news conference called by the team. Sherman wrote that the extension is for $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed. Sherman wrote there is no other team or city that he would want to play for. Sherman is a two-time All-Pro selection. He had eight interceptions each of the past two seasons.
Sherman was hit by teammate Earl Thomas as the pair attempted to break up a pass early in the fourth quarter. Sherman had been down earlier in the second half after appearing to get his legs tangled on a block, but he ran off the field after being looked at by trainers.