Although he’s been a core member of the “Legion of Boom” for quite sometime, it appears as if Richard Sherman’s time in Seattle may be coming to a close.
Trade rumors have been swirling around Sherman for the last two weeks. On Wednesday, general manager John Schneider addressed the reports on 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle. Unlike some front office personnel in the NFL, he was completely transparent with the media:
“What you’ve seen lately in the news is real. That’s on both sides. I think we’re a very unique organization in that regard. We have a great relationship with a lot of our players. There’s very much an openness. It’s just open communication. He knows what’s going on. We know what’s going on. I don’t know if anything would ever happen, but like I tell people all the time, 98 percent of the deals that we’re involved with, we don’t follow through with. But at least we’ve opened that door, gone down the road and seen what’s behind Door A or Door B.”
Sherman has spent his entire career in Seattle. A former fifth-round pick out of Stanford, the 29-year-old has made four-straight Pro Bowls. Sherman has universally been known as one of the best defensive backs in the league during this time period.
With that said, Seattle would save over $22 million in cash by trading him. This could in theory enable the Seahawks to make much-needed upgrades on the offensive line.
According to this report from Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots could be interested:
The Patriots have some interest in Sherman, per source, but wouldn’t be expected to be on full pursuit unless they lose Malcolm Butler.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 5, 2017
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