John Schneider: Richard Sherman trade talk didn’t come out of nowhere

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When talk of the Seahawks trading cornerback Richard Sherman first surfaced late last month, Sherman initially laughed it off before issuing a more serious statement in light of comments from General Manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll.

Among the things Schneider said was that the team listens to everything that other teams might send their way and he expanded on the topic during an appearance with Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN Wednesday. Schneider said that what “you’ve seen lately in the news is real.”

“This isn’t a secret like this just came out of nowhere,” Schneider said. “People find things out and we’re not going to lie to each other and we’re not going to BS each other. It’s going to be all laid out, and like I said, that doesn’t happen everywhere. . . . 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.”

Carroll said that he doesn’t see anything happening, but that he was also “anxious” to see Sherman “handle everything and do really well and represent himself and his teammates in great fashion” after a 2016 season that saw him spend time scrapping with assistant coaches and the media.

Both those comments and the ones Schneider made on Wednesday sent a pretty clear message to Sherman that he’s not guaranteed to remain in Seattle. As of now, there’s no sign that anything the Seahawks have heard make a trade likely before the start of next season but they’ve made no secret that they’re willing to hear something that could change that state of affairs.

49 responses to “John Schneider: Richard Sherman trade talk didn’t come out of nowhere

  1. Its his mouth. Sick of it myself.
    Stop with the diva nonsense.

    Hoping we draft a corner first.

  2. Philosophy has always been that for this front office. Nothing really earth shattering. Doubt the offer is made that the Hawks would take, so moving on.

  3. “This isn’t a secret like this just came out of nowhere,” Schneider said. “People find things out and we’re not going to lie to each other and we’re not going to BS each other.

    But your coach has no problem lying to the media with false claims that Dick Sherman was “injured”. When the threats of sanctions and penalties came down from the league, Pete had a quickly backtrack and tell them he was just trying to cover for his player and his fragile ego that, in reality, he sucks without Earl Thomas and lost a step.

  4. I like Sherman, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him traded after some of his outburts last year. Whining about the Super Bowl two seasons after the fact was a bit much.

  5. Seeing he has an opinion on literally everything else on the planet, I’m sure we can expect Richie’s philosophically inhanced retort (’cause he did go to Stanford as we all know) any time now.

  6. There are two critical aspects to evaluating any player, his talent/skill set and his attitude or how he’d fit in your locker room. Dick Sherman is a mixed bag so any GM should proceed with caution.

  7. Man Seattle fans are fickle. You guys didn’t mind his mouth when they were appearing in and winning Super Bowls.

  8. Sherman’s antics were “cute” at first, with the whole Crabtree thing, but got annoying as time went on. I am starting to get the feeling that Seahawk fans would rather not be associated with a personality like this. Russell Wilson, as cheesy, and full of it as he is, is a much better face for the franchise.

  9. rogoceo says:
    Apr 5, 2017 11:50 AM
    He’d be a nice fit in Pittsburgh and fill a major void.


    He’s almost 30 years old, doesn’t exactly appear to be on an upward trajectory in terms of play, and he’s too much $$$ (he’d have the largest cap hit on the defense followed by Heyward). No thanks.

  10. Schneider still could have kept his mouth shut. I can’t see any serious general manager blabbing to the press about something like this. Poor form. This organization, despite having a great eye for talent, will screw up big in the clutch, because that’s what happens with their management. They encourage their players to shoot their mouths off and then get upset when players call out their dumb decisions.

  11. It appears that someone (Richard
    Sherman) just found out that there is no one that isn’t replaceable. This is true from the lowest end support personnel to the second in command. Everyone is replaceable and we all need to be reminded of that every so often. This is not to say that anything is eminent but it is enough to know that no one (short of the owner) is ever really safe in their job security. I have to laugh at some people who don’t realize this until they learn the truth. The tail doesn’t wag the dog.

  12. amishninjas says:
    Apr 5, 2017 12:35 PM
    Man Seattle fans are fickle. You guys didn’t mind his mouth when they were appearing in and winning Super Bowls

  13. Cowboys will have an additional $14MM in Cap Space effective June 1 with a glaring need at Corner. A future pick package would allow them to add a solid piece to the secondary and allow them to draft “best player available” in ’17. Might be mortgaging the future but a win now team is a win now team. Also, Secondary needs a leader and it aint Nolan Carroll.

  14. This clown was exposed years ago. A third rate corner who mugs receivers on every play. His Super Bowl face will be remembered forever.

  15. The day the teams GM falls in love with his roster is the day he should start looking over his shoulder.
    It’s the GM’s responsibility to look at every opportunity to IMPROVE the team whether that be the coming year or 3 years down the road.
    This comes down to the argument – Is it a business or should a team show loyalty to it’s players and then vice versa ??
    Most times the player takes the big money deal and then says it’s a business decision. But low and behold, if the GM cuts that player, there’s no loyalty according to the player.
    Which way do you lean?

  16. I would not be shocked if they drafted a CB in the 1st round, Sherman says or does something stupid and they CUT him. His salary seems too high for any trade to be made and the more stupid stuff he says or does the more expendable he becomes.

    This guy has an issue other troublemakers do not share. He went to Stanford and touts himself to be smart. When other divas spew negative stuff, GMs and coaches can write some of that off as a lack of intelligence combined with emotions getting the best of them. If they are contrite it can likely be forgiven. Sherman won’t get that. It would be easy to deduce that any strife he creates is done so intentionally and then they have to try and figure out why. Regardless, the reason can’t be good so he is likely more expendable than he or many fans believe he is.

  17. Stay away, Patriots.
    One of the great joys in my life is watching Sherman’s reaction when Malcolm Butler intercepted that pass.
    I can’t see myself rooting for this guy.

  18. It appears the Patriots are very interested in Sherman if they can’t get Butler to sign. It is reported that several other teams have been “aggressively” pursuing him as well.
    There goes the Seahawks are “trying to make point theory.”

  19. Schneider shouldn’t have said anything and let this rumor die already. the powers that be KNOW they aren’t trading Sherman right now funny that the GM didn’t have his player’s back but you want Sherman to give 100% for you & the organization when the season starts.. will be interesting when Richard Sherman’s contract is up in 2 years and Schneider will more than likely try everything g to get him to remain with the team. won’t be surprised if Sherman leaves wouldn’t blame him

  20. Oakland is another team who reportedly inquired. They could use him too. And they have the cap space. The Raiders are only 2 maybe 3 pieces away from a title contender. Reggie has done a helluva job there, and I knew he could if Mark Davis would let him drive the bus and not meddle or be impatient. 2 years ago you Raider fans were calling for Reggies head on a platter, remember ?

  21. shut up schneider and worry about fixing the O-line instead of adding fuel to the fire of this stupid rumor!! jeez, be a GM who supports the player not helps others speculate and take digs at him.

  22. I think he would fit in well with the Cowboys. I’m not trolling here. Jerrah cares more about winning than anything else – public opinion be damned (see Greg Hardy). The Cowboys and their fans are used to tantrums (see Dez Bryant). Sherman could join the Cowboys and his attitude/behavior/style would not be new to them.

  23. moun10mama says:
    Apr 5, 2017 2:43 PM
    Schneider shouldn’t have said anything and let this rumor die already
    When private conversations get leaked it’s his responsibility to answer the questions after the press reports it and amplifies it. It’s not as simple a situation as you purport.

  24. Buy low..sell high. Richard has hit his ceiling so it makes alot of sense to listen to offers. If you can pick up #1 or one of the top 3 picks in the 2nd they should consider it.
    Nobody is giving that up for Sherman unless they get Thomas as part of the deal…and they better get Thomas as part of the deal

  25. The loss of Earl Thomas III exposed the cracks in his game and the lack of a consistent pass rush would only bust open the floodgates. This guy NEVER was and NEVER should be mentioned as one of the all time greats; good but never great.

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