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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.

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82 Responses to “Richard Sherman suddenly takes trade talk more seriously”
  1. key2heat says: Mar 30, 2017 8:03 PM

    Dallas

  2. grabgrabgrab says: Mar 30, 2017 8:04 PM

    If no trade partners have emerged, what are we talking about then?

  3. niners816 says: Mar 30, 2017 8:04 PM

    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.

  4. idiedpretty says: Mar 30, 2017 8:05 PM

    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.

  5. nsauser says: Mar 30, 2017 8:07 PM

    Economy of scale, Rich. Cheaper, better, faster.

  6. dustinbrady1215 says: Mar 30, 2017 8:08 PM

    cone get another ring in New England rich

  7. raidernation707 says: Mar 30, 2017 8:14 PM

    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

  8. Hawknballs says: Mar 30, 2017 8:17 PM

    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.

  9. daytontriangles says: Mar 30, 2017 8:20 PM

    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.

  10. Bizzareslantpass says: Mar 30, 2017 8:26 PM

    He’s mad bros.

  11. aldavisisthenfl says: Mar 30, 2017 8:26 PM

    11.4 mill to grab arms & jerseys….

  12. birdgang84 says: Mar 30, 2017 8:27 PM

    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

  13. cpozsgai says: Mar 30, 2017 8:28 PM

    Nice. Now I can start rooting for the Seahawks again.

  14. New England>Your Team says: Mar 30, 2017 8:29 PM

    Stanford is not an Ivy League institution, Richard.

  15. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 30, 2017 8:29 PM

    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.

  16. worldizending says: Mar 30, 2017 8:30 PM

    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.

  17. waynefontesismyfather says: Mar 30, 2017 8:31 PM

    Hopefully it is to the CFL so I never have to see or hear him again!

  18. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 30, 2017 8:31 PM

    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.
    ——————————————————————
    Coming from a team that has an America hating QB and can’t win 3 games, that doesn’t mean a lot.

  19. honkeyt says: Mar 30, 2017 8:34 PM

    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.

  20. walruspete says: Mar 30, 2017 8:34 PM

    He’s good in Seattle and Seattle is good with him. Both would be worse off in a divorce.

  21. dinodimes69 says: Mar 30, 2017 8:40 PM

    Xavier rhodes AND sherm??? Wow

  22. badrobot74 says: Mar 30, 2017 8:41 PM

    Don’t you ever talk about him!!!!

  23. jag1959 says: Mar 30, 2017 8:43 PM

    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

  24. jlv3gem says: Mar 30, 2017 9:02 PM

    Never heard of her

  25. mongo3401 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:04 PM

    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.

  26. peytonsforehead says: Mar 30, 2017 9:07 PM

    Paid a ton to cheap shot kickers. Good corner though.

  27. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:08 PM

    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.

  28. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Mar 30, 2017 9:26 PM

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

  29. chawk12thman says: Mar 30, 2017 9:32 PM

    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.

  30. mcjon22 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:33 PM

    He’s been rumored to Miami since before free agency.

    Tannebaum loves the big names

  31. tjacks7 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:46 PM

    If someone trades for him they better get Earl Thomas too.

  32. LyinRogerMustGo says: Mar 30, 2017 9:58 PM

    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.

    🙂

  33. charger383 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:59 PM

    his reaction, when traded, must be recorded

  34. nyctraffic says: Mar 30, 2017 10:10 PM

    Falcons should trade Davonte Freeman for Sherman, straight up.

  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

  36. codiablo says: Mar 30, 2017 10:28 PM

    Would be killer next to Xavier rhodes

  37. wulls1313 says: Mar 30, 2017 10:34 PM

    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 .

  38. mogogo1 says: Mar 30, 2017 10:35 PM

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

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

  39. Drunk Uncle says: Mar 30, 2017 11:03 PM

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

  40. dxfiler says: Mar 30, 2017 11:08 PM

    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.

  41. medialovesthecowboys says: Mar 30, 2017 11:49 PM

    For WHATEVER reason, the Dallas media machine keeps hyping but a Sherman-to-the Cowboys scenario and it’s total BS.

    Without elite safety help, Sherman is just a dude.

  42. speicher145 says: Mar 30, 2017 11:54 PM

    He’d be a perfect fit in GB in Caper’s zone-blitz style scheme, however, I doubt Seattle would ever let him join there.

  43. larryjames836 says: Mar 31, 2017 12:07 AM

    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!!!

  44. Should I Be Offended by Redskins? says: Mar 31, 2017 12:08 AM

    Trade him to Green Bay. They need a RB.

  45. thrifty says: Mar 31, 2017 12:13 AM

    The guy’s mouth is nonstop. Annoying.

  46. bobleblah says: Mar 31, 2017 12:25 AM

    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.

  47. tigershark0052 says: Mar 31, 2017 12:37 AM

    Good bye loser

  48. Jdog63 says: Mar 31, 2017 12:51 AM

    Bizzareslantpass
    Bwahahahahahahaha!
    NAILED that one…

  49. dudeicle says: Mar 31, 2017 1:12 AM

    he hasn’t been that big of a jackwagon has he? I mean… compared to Lynch?

  50. slaytheday55 says: Mar 31, 2017 1:16 AM

    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.

  51. slaytheday55 says: Mar 31, 2017 1:17 AM

    Damn phone

  52. campcouch says: Mar 31, 2017 1:19 AM

    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.

  53. aj66shanghai says: Mar 31, 2017 4:32 AM

    “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.

  54. tecmoho says: Mar 31, 2017 5:06 AM

    They should trade for Kaep and convert him to CB.

  55. tecmoho says: Mar 31, 2017 5:15 AM

    “I’d love to see his ass” – dxfiler

  56. 6thsense10 says: Mar 31, 2017 5:25 AM

    worldizending says:
    Mar 30, 2017 8:30 PM
    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.
    —————
    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.

  57. aldavis4president says: Mar 31, 2017 5:44 AM

    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.

  58. gpete1962 says: Mar 31, 2017 5:59 AM

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

    Good luck big mouth!!

  59. icebergsimpson says: Mar 31, 2017 7:09 AM

    Please ship him to New Orleans. I would love to see Evans go up against him two times a year! He burnt him for two TDs in a the first quarters this year.

  60. zuzus petals says: Mar 31, 2017 7:34 AM

    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.

  61. eaglesw00t says: Mar 31, 2017 8:09 AM

    Hes Nnamdi Asomugha. He would be terrible on another team. Without those safeties behind him, he isn’t half the player he thinks he is…

  62. clayjtitan66 says: Mar 31, 2017 8:27 AM

    If a player acts the fool, ownership should remind the player trading them to Cleveland is always an option.

  63. straighcashhomey says: Mar 31, 2017 8:39 AM

    one year dynasty indeed. Good stuff.

  64. A happy green parrot says: Mar 31, 2017 8:56 AM

    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

    ———————

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

  65. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 31, 2017 9:06 AM

    RAIDERS

  66. realpatsfan says: Mar 31, 2017 9:18 AM

    The Seahawks finally see they over
    Paid this big mouth. But the players are the same as the coach. Arrogant asses.

  67. seattlesue427 says: Mar 31, 2017 9:31 AM

    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!

  68. therealbigben says: Mar 31, 2017 9:45 AM

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

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

  69. audio2sell says: Mar 31, 2017 9:57 AM

    Sherman is very good but on the back 9 side of things. A smart team would trade him while he still is a good player.

  70. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 31, 2017 10:09 AM

    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.
    ——————————————————————
    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.

  71. omeimontis says: Mar 31, 2017 10:16 AM

    Breaking news: Sea Hogs trade Richard Charmin to Dallas for Tony Romo.

  72. electricboogalo says: Mar 31, 2017 10:28 AM

    Legion of Bandwagon.

  73. nhpats says: Mar 31, 2017 10:36 AM

    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….

  74. RegisHawk says: Mar 31, 2017 10:41 AM

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

  75. glac1 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:47 AM

    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??

  76. whodat101 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:48 AM

    Only teams who should inquire are zone based defenses. Sherman can’t matchup man to man. He proved that when earl thomas went down

  77. donbat67 says: Mar 31, 2017 11:13 AM

    Please trade him to Cleveland

  78. buckethead1 says: Mar 31, 2017 11:22 AM

    A Richard Sherman article, and nary a mention of him being a Stanford graduate…

  79. granadafan says: Mar 31, 2017 11:34 AM

    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.”

  80. bpurd says: Mar 31, 2017 1:04 PM

    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.

  81. dwoofer says: Mar 31, 2017 1:32 PM

    no good without Thomas in the middle

  82. jjackwagon says: Mar 31, 2017 3:27 PM

    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)
    ———————————————–
    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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