The Oakland Raiders hold the 24th pick of the 2017 draft, and if last season was any indication the Raiders certainly need help in their secondary. Additionally, there has been murmurs that Marshawn Lynch could be making his return to football and has an interest in playing for his hometown team. Logically, the Raiders could get both longtime Seahawks in one deal, instantly bolstering their already talented roster.
Sherman would move closer to his Los Angeles roots and his collegiate squad at Stanford. Most of all, the 29-year old cornerback would have a fan base that would praise his hard-nosed style, confident attitude and desire to win.
New England Patriots
The defending Super Bowl champs don’t have a glaring need at corner, but the potential loss of Malcolm Butler could open up a spot for Sherman. Having added Stephon Gilmore in the offseason, the Pats could be in the running for the best secondary in the league. This is indeed contingent on Butler leaving New England, but if the Patriots were able to get valuable assets in return, they could send a package to Seattle.
Head coach Bill Belichick would surely enjoy a player of Sherman’s caliber. He would fit well into New England’s system and would make of the most feared secondary’s in football – given the rest of the Patriots team, its almost unfair to the rest of the league.
While the Titans’ offense took major strides last year, the team’s pass defense did not as Tennessee ranked 30th in that category in 2016. GM Jon Robinson has already shown a propensity to make deals, having stockpiled a number of picks over the past couple of seasons. The Titans signed Logan Ryan at corner, and getting Sherman to line up on the opposite side would make a formidable duo.
While they may opt to find help in a DB-heavy draft, their plentiful amount of draft picks makes a trade for Sherman feasible. His veteran presence would be useful for a young and upcoming team
The Cowboys have a serious problem in the secondary. Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox – all contributors on last year’s 13-3 squad – have left elsewhere leaving major holes at all positions in the defensive backfield. They signed former Eagle Nolan Carroll, and the talented duo of Byron Jones and Orlando Scandrick will return.
Dallas doesn’t have much cap flexibility, but don’t count out Trader Jerry from making a move for the enigmatic Sherman. Jason Witten recently signed an extension, but the team could easily restructure his or Dez Bryant’s contract, allowing them ample room to take on Sherman’s contract.
New Orleans Saints
The team has been in dire need of defensive back help for years and have been linked to Malcolm Butler for a majority of the offseason. Thus far they have been unsuccessful in making a move for Butler, so they could change their focus to the Seahawks corner. New Orleans was able to snag the 32nd overall pick in this year’s draft in the Brandin Cooks trade, giving them an additional asset.
Delvin Breaux should be returning from his injury that hampered him in 2016, and Kenny Vaccarro – despite serving a suspension during the season – finally showed some signs of life last year. Richard Sherman could be the piece that puts the defense in the upper-echelon.