Richard Sherman suddenly takes trade talk more seriously

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Richard Sherman quickly has gone from being amused to bemused.

A week after laughing off talk of a possible trade from Seattle, the seventh-year cornerback has taken a more serious tack regarding the possibility that his days in Seattle are coming to an end. On Thursday, he provided this statement to Gee Scott of 710 ESPN: “I wouldn’t want to leave this city and my guys, but I understand it’s a business and organizational philosophies change.”

Said Sherman last week about then-nascent trade chatter: “I just laugh it off, man. It’s funny to me. But sometimes people need to see you gone to realize what you had. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. But I don’t let things like that bother me. The chips will fall how they’re supposed to.”

So what changed in the interim? Among other things, G.M. John Schneider didn’t scoff at the notion of a Sherman trade, saying instead that “[w]e listen to everything.”

Sherman apparently has gotten the message.

He has $4.4 million of bonus money that would hit the cap, either in a pair of $2.2 million chunks or all at once. Also, $5 million of his base salary for 2017 became fully-guaranteed a year ago. A trade of the contract, which has a total base salary of $11.431 million for 2017, would absolve the Seahawks of that obligation.

No trade partners have emerged for Sherman, but with the draft four weeks away, all it takes is a phone call. The Seahawks are ready to listen.

82 responses to “Richard Sherman suddenly takes trade talk more seriously

  1. The wheels are slowly coming off that classless organization. Time for the rest of those little “12’s” to jump ship if they haven’t already. I love it.

  2. Send his smart, big mouth to Cleveland. Can’t stand this gas bag. Put a sock in it Shermy or run for office. Just go away. Even your Hawk team mates hate you.

  3. The Patriots, Saints, Jaguars, Falcons, Titans are teams reportedly interested. The Seahawks are looking for a 1st round pick + more. The Seahawks are also reportedly willing to let some defensive players go in order to improve their offense specially run game around Wilson. Lacking depth at defensive line as well they might be willing to give up onCliff Avril and go towards a more rotational defensive front like they had in 2012-13

  4. The Seahawks have never shied away from the mantra that they listen to all offers.

    The example posted earlier this week about how they would never speculate this way with Russell Wilson is silly; of course they aren’t looking to move their franchise QB.

  5. Remember that look on Sherman’s face when Butler made the interception that crushed his Super Bowl dreams?

    He’s going to be wearing that face every day after they ship him off to the Browns.

  6. Wouldn’t shock me to see the Saints make a play for Sherman. They have a extra 1st round pick and seemed pretty serious about trying to land Butler earlier. Clearly they are in the hunt for a #1 CB

  7. Patriots have inquired according to other reports. If they want to trade Garapolo for Cleveland’s 12th pick and throw in Malcolm Butler, I’m sure we could talk. Other than that, forget it.

  8. dustinbrady1215 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 8:08 PM
    cone get another ring in New England rich
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    Never happen. He is nothing like what the Patriots want. He is a loud mouth and only brings distraction and drama. He had sideline arguments and openly taunts other team’s players. That does not fly in New England.

  9. niners816 says:
    The wheels are slowly coming off that classless organization. Time for the rest of those little “12’s” to jump ship if they haven’t already. I love it.
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    Coming from a team that has an America hating QB and can’t win 3 games, that doesn’t mean a lot.

  10. Oakland/Las Vegas. Exactly what they have been looking for. If there is a trade it will be with the Raiders. Bank it. They can cut Amerson and take less of a cap hit than with Smith, although I still think David is the better corner.

    I am that damn good.

  11. Even outside of playing in that D I’d say a motivated Sherman is still probably worth taking on at $11M a year for 2 years without guarantees. Not so sure he’s worth giving up serious draft capital AND $11 mil per though

  12. Richard Sherman has done more good for the underprivileged then Amy of us can ever do. Any team would be better with him. All th best to a very nice guy.

  13. He needs to learn to keep his mouth shut, this dude is just on Kaepernick. When the distraction outweighs the talent on the field these guys become easily expendable.

  14. It would be a blunder ranking right up there with the Red Sox trading the Bambino.

  15. Sounds like everyone is saying all the right things. Listening by Seahawks is not a bad thing. No one is above the collective whole, but that isn’t a trade deal. Sherm will be a Seahawk, unless a significant trade offer surfaces. Seems about right.

  16. The 2012’s are beside themselves! 🙂

    The window is shut. Time to jump off the bandwagon and find a new hobby on Sundays. 🙂

    It’s not like they cared about football before 2012 anyway.

    🙂

  17. Best CB in the NFL, best franchise in the NFL, best fans (since the 70’s) in the NFL…all facts. Niners haven’t had a good team in TWO DECADES. Every single thing the Pats have done has an asterisk next to it and always will. No wheels are falling off, keep dreaming jabroni’s… We’ll be in the playoffs again, just like we ALWAYS are…Hahaha…Enjoy

  18. You are all lying if you won’t admit that you would take him on your team in a heartbeat and then defend him as long as you win. That’s how football works .

  19. “The Seahawks are looking for a 1st round pick + more.”
    _____________

    If that’s the case then he’s not going anywhere.

  20. Knee injury in 2016, trading block in 2017. Not surprised that teams aren’t lining up to trade for him.

  21. I’d love to see his ass shipped to the Browns, but that new front office is very shrewd. He’ll probably be with Seattle one more year, underperform AGAIN, then refuse to take a pay cut and get released

    Such is life.

  22. No matter how people’s talk about the New Orleans Saints there is a lot of players from other teams would love playing for the Saints. There is something about the Big Easy that the players love, Richard Sherman right now will go to the Saints. Just saying believe are not!!!

  23. Stanford may not be in the Ivy League athletic conference, but in terms of admissions it is the most selective school in the entire country.

  24. The team has said for YEARS they listen to offers for ALL players similar to the Patriots. It helps them determine market value in trades helps build relationships with other teams as turnover happens and helps them understand what teams might go after there players in free agency to set market value for there FA so they can prepare for them leaving or try to lock that player up before there contracts over. The seahawks have notoriously said they will look tomorrow always improve the team if a players and picks are offered team has a duty to listen especially if it’s a kings ransom.

    What’s giving this story legs is that he was disgruntled by play calling and other teams hope and pray they will let him go for cheap. And the fact that it’s the slowest football news season.

    Sherman will be a Seahawk afor long time he’s one of the best cbs in football he will end up in the HOF. GO HAWKS.

  25. Wonder why folks want him “shipped” to Cleveland. No logical reason why they would want him during a rebuild…oh you’re being funny haha.

  26. “Underperforming” hahaha what are you folks on? Seahawks D led the league 4 YEARS RUNNING- and very nearly did it for a 5th, before injuries and some egregious turnovers kept them from doing so. There is certainly room for debate about Sherman as a cover corner on an “island,” which is likely what he would have to do on a new team. But individual stats mean nothing on Seattle’s D, they work as a unit to prevent the other team from scoring, that’s it. Sherm did his part like he does every year.

    Now, with his off-field actions becoming bizarre, the team has an easier time of seeing him as nothing more than a 5th-rd pick taking up a huge amount of salary. Great value already for him, and now they could possibly get more great value for him? Of course they will listen.

  27. worldizending says:
    Mar 30, 2017 8:30 PM
    dustinbrady1215 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 8:08 PM
    cone get another ring in New England rich
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    Never happen. He is nothing like what the Patriots want. He is a loud mouth and only brings distraction and drama. He had sideline arguments and openly taunts other team’s players. That does not fly in New England.
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    Oh please. Randy Moss, I play when I want, mooning a crowd, loudly disparaging a sponsor in the locker room was picked up by the Pats…so was Corey Dillon, so was Lagarrette Blount who had issues in Pittsburgh, So was Albert Hanesworth after his fiasco in Washington, so was Chad Ochocinco…….If you’re talented enough and cheap enough the Pats will take you.

  28. There’s a lot of upset niner fans on this article. This kid can ball whether you like it or not. Of course every player has it’s price, but for a scarce position like CB, I’m assuming it’ll take more than most teams wouldkke to offer. Also, to the couple guys saying this teams slowly falling apart, you couldn’t be more wrong, aside from beast mode, this team still has it’s core on D and a young O. You put a decent oLine in front of russWil, and they’re I’m business. Wilson, Graham, Baldwin Rawls and Lacy isn’t that bad at all.

  29. He won’t go to the Cowboy’s because they would expose his real lack of talent.

    Good luck big mouth!!

  30. I’d give 2 first rounders for Sherman…7 years ago. Tough league. Youth wins every time. He’s a big cap hit. If Cleveland takes on his salary for a second Seattle would be thrilled.

  31. tbone4444 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 10:12 PM
    Best CB in the NFL, best franchise in the NFL, best fans (since the 70’s) in the NFL…all facts. Niners haven’t had a good team in TWO DECADES. Every single thing the Pats have done has an asterisk next to it and always will. No wheels are falling off, keep dreaming jabroni’s… We’ll be in the playoffs again, just like we ALWAYS are…Hahaha…Enjoy

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    It depends. Some guys count wins and losses when they are determining who is the best franchise. Weird huh?

  32. The Seahawks mgmt. is sending him a message. “It’s okay to be outspoken if you’re backing it up with your on-field performance.” Sherman continued to be outspoken while his on-field performance was tanking. He either needs to put up or shut up. He’s smart. He’ll either get the message or he won’t. Either way, the Hawks will respond accordingly.

    We’ll either see “The Best CB in the Game 2.0” or we’ll see Richard Sherman in somebody else’s uniform. Done and done!

  33. nsauser says:
    Mar 30, 2017 8:07 PM
    Economy of scale, Rich. Cheaper, better, faster.

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    I don’t think you have any idea what economies of scale means

  34. dxfiler says:
    I’d love to see his ass shipped to the Browns, but that new front office is very shrewd. He’ll probably be with Seattle one more year, underperform AGAIN, then refuse to take a pay cut and get released

    Such is life.
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    You must have a different definition of underperform than most people:

    Richard Sherman’s stats since he came into the league:

    Receptions against: 228 (#1)
    Completion percentage: 47.70% (#1)
    Yards: 3,129 (2nd by 27 yards)
    TDs against: 13 (#2 by 1 TD)
    Interceptions: 32 (#1 by 9 ints)
    Passes Defensed: 58 (Tied for 1st)
    Coverage passer rating: 50.28 (1st by 20 points)

    Richard Sherman is the best corner in the NFL, and has been since 2011. He’s going to the Hall of Fame.

  35. tbone4444 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 10:12 PM
    Best CB in the NFL, best franchise in the NFL, best fans (since the 70’s) in the NFL…all facts. Niners haven’t had a good team in TWO DECADES. Every single thing the Pats have done has an asterisk next to it and always will. No wheels are falling off, keep dreaming jabroni’s… We’ll be in the playoffs again, just like we ALWAYS are…Hahaha…Enjoy

    ——————-

    A single Lombardi……please child….

  36. Ah, the standard tripe from the Pats-troll with 16 accounts…how refreshing. Oh, and the Claranette who can’t disguise his jealousy.

  37. Seattle GM Schneider and Green Bay’s Ted Thompson are good friends. There is talk that Schneider is on the Packer short list to replace Thompson when he retires in a couple of years…… Those two franchises have a unique relationship ever since Mike Holmgren took Ted Thompson with him to Seattle. Remember the Hasselback/Green trade??

  38. So, Pete WAS lying about Dick Sherman’s “injury”. Funny how fast he had to backtrack when the league was about to punish the Hawks about not reporting injuries.

    Pete: “Ooops, hehe, I was just trying to cover for my ego-fragile and loudmouthed cornerback. We just don’t want to admit publicly that Dick Sherman is not NEARLY as good out there without Earl Thomas on the field.”

  39. dustinbrady1215 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 8:08 PM
    cone get another ring in New England rich
    ———————————————————
    Never happen. He is nothing like what the Patriots want. He is a loud mouth and only brings distraction and drama. He had sideline arguments and openly taunts other team’s players. That does not fly in New England.

    Who are we talking about Brady or Sherman. Brady constantly yelled at tookie wrs in 2013. Kicked a Ravens player because he is to slow to run for s 1st down. Went off on his offensive coordinator on the sideline but Brady is passionate and Shetman is a distraction. Sherman allowed 1 pass completed against him every 15 attempts. Best in the league. Yet it wss suppose to ne an off year fot him.

  40. Richard Sherman’s stats since he came into the league:

    Receptions against: 228 (#1)
    Completion percentage: 47.70% (#1)
    Yards: 3,129 (2nd by 27 yards)
    TDs against: 13 (#2 by 1 TD)
    Interceptions: 32 (#1 by 9 ints)
    Passes Defensed: 58 (Tied for 1st)
    Coverage passer rating: 50.28 (1st by 20 points)
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    Good numbers, no argument. Now check his numbers when Thomas isn’t covering up Dick’s mistakes. They tell a different story.

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