Seahawks are making a point to Richard Sherman

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Some would say the transparency that the Seahawks are applying to the Richard Sherman trade chatter is refreshing. Others would say that the transparency isn’t accidental or aimed at catering to the media but strategic in nature.

Sherman’s behavior became problematic for the Seahawks during the 2016 season. From a tantrum during a regular-season win over the Falcons that became an in-game distraction to a tantrum during a regular-season win over the Rams that became an in-game distraction to an “animated” post-game discussion with coach Pete Carroll to a press-conference threat to ruin a reporter’s career to whatever else we don’t know about (and linebacker Bobby Wagner said during a late-season appearance on PFT Live that, generally speaking, plenty of things happen within the confines of a football team that we’ll never know about), the Seahawks have decided that the time has come to at least see if anyone is willing to trade for Sherman.

The message to Sherman has multiple layers. First, the willingness to consider offers shows he’s not untouchable, despite what he may have believed. Second, the lack of a land rush for Sherman shows that he’s not as valued elsewhere as he may have believed.

How Sherman reacts to the latest blast of candor from G.M. John Schneider remains to be seen. Sherman went from laughing off the talk to a more pragmatic view after Schneider first legitimized the chatter. Now that Schneider seems to be publicly twisting the screws a bit, Sherman may erupt.

Or maybe he won’t. Maybe Sherman will realize that, in order to continue earning eight figures per year, there are certain boundaries he must honor — and that few players are so good on the field that they can say and do whatever they want away from it.

40 responses to “Seahawks are making a point to Richard Sherman

  1. He’s probably pouting. They should trade him to a REALLY bad team, like the Browns. But then again, who would want to babysit this tool? NOBODY. I bet if they cut him Dallas would sign him until they realized he’s an over-rated bigmouth whose best days are behind him and is really only any good if the team has an All-Pro safety to cover his backside.

  2. Maybe nobody is interested in the $27M in 2017 and 2018, nearly $18M of that is guaranteed. That means he’ll also be asking for more money this year or next offseason. This guy is the epitome of more trouble than he’s worth.

  3. If they think anything will get through to this guy they’re as delusional as he is.

  4. probably the most obnoxious player on the sidelines since T.O. Dude call straight ball though.

  5. Why would anyone think they are not open to being traded? Anyone would be traded for the right offer.

    Also, his voiced opinions about the offense and the play calling is 100% accurate and is the REAL problem that needs to be addressed.

  6. This is perhaps the worst year in recent memory to try and sell high on a veteran CB. The 2017 draft has a ridiculous number of CB prospects with strong grades. Why take on the salary burden plus the baggage in that case? I can’t see any team offering a 1st rounder this year for him.

    The risk of waiting one more year, for the Seahawks, is that by September 2018, Sherman will be 31 yrs old and therefore further along to retirement. So essentially they have to gauge whether they can get more for him today, or tomorrow, or if it’s worth it to keep him to help train the next set of CBs that they draft this year.

  7. gohawks7 says:

    Also, his voiced opinions about the offense and the play calling is 100% accurate and is the REAL problem that needs to be addressed.
    =================================

    That should be locker room business.

  8. Imagine the fodder if any potential suitors were to come to light? How many more reports without anything of substance will we read before that? My guess is three.

  9. Then cut him. There are 29 other teams that would sign him in a heartbeat (the Giants and Broncos are set at corner)

  10. bkostela says:
    Apr 5, 2017 2:02 PM
    Then cut him. There are 29 other teams that would sign him in a heartbeat (the Giants and Broncos are set at corner)
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    Please. Broncos are one dumb event from losing Talib for who know’s how long.

  11. There are many ways to approach things. I went back and watch the video of his sideline tantrum with Bennett, Shead and Wagner. While I respect his passion, the approach he used to make a point is far different than what I would do.

  12. I’m a “genuine” Packer stock holder (i.e. NFL owner) so I know what I’m talking about.
    That said…There are probably 20-30 players scattered around the league that I would, under no circumstances, want on my team (not necessarily the Pack- just a generic “my team”).
    Sherman is in the top 10 of that group.

  13. ctiggs says:
    Apr 5, 2017 2:23 PM
    He is not welcomed in San Fran, nor do we need him.

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    SF would welcome in with open arms and they definitely need him.

  14. logast says:
    Apr 5, 2017 12:59 PM
    Reality check, Mr. Sherman. You are owned nothing. Only what you earn. Part of that is being a good employee.

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    What’s with all the lectures. The guy was a big part in bringing a championship to Seattle and came within a play of winning again. Yes, he’s outspoken. How does that affect your life? Who cares. Seattle are good because of him. When he goes they will wish they had him back. He’s a winner.

  15. bmacwillconn says:
    Apr 5, 2017 2:16 PM
    Send him to Cleveland. Guy is so unlikeable. He’s become a cancerous liability for the Seahawks.

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    Lets see… 1 Super Bowl win, 2 NFC championships, 12 playoff games in 6 years. I would say he’s far from a cancerous liability. He helps them win.

  16. I like Sherman, but wish he was a running back so I could enjoy watching him get tackled by his hair.

  17. No one is picking up that contract for a 29 yo CB that is decidedly average without Thomas.

  18. Sherman is a proud, outspoken, passionate, intelligent man. And often those attributes are not tolerated in the NFL. But Sherman is also an exceptional player, so his attributes have been tolerated by the Seahawks up to this point.

    The problem for Sherman is that cornerbacks lose a step at about this point in their career. So, the Hawks are looking at this from a business perspective: maybe they can unload the player before just before his value declines, and also rid themselves of an annoyance.

    I’d take him on my team in a heartbeat. And I think that Sherman will be more like Champ Bailey (who was able to play at a high level for many years) than Nnamdi Asomugha (whose skills declined very suddenly).

  19. bullcharger says:
    Apr 5, 2017 3:04 PM
    ctiggs says:
    Apr 5, 2017 2:23 PM
    He is not welcomed in San Fran, nor do we need him.

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    SF would welcome in with open arms and they definitely need him.
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    A great corner is needed by the 49ers but some lines you just don’t cross. He would not be welcomed by the SF fans, he’s burnt that bridge.

  20. The Seahawk “fans” who are clamoring loudest for Sherman to be traded are pure bandwagoners who knew NOTHING about the Seahawks before 2012.

  21. So maybe Mr Sherman should deflate the footballs or just plain cheat to win like the Patriots, Packers and Broncos have done. After all we know what MR SHERMAN IS MISSING TO GET THE RESPECT FROM THE NFL HE DESERVES. It is definitely not talent, skill, or education!!!!!!! how dare he think he should be able to voice his opinion about anything in these UNITED STATES

    The ignorant can run their mouth against you SIR,
    but this they cant take from you. On the field you are the best there is in the NFL in your position!!!! MILLIONAIRE
    off the field you hold a degree from one of the greatest colleges in the USA!!!!! MILLIONAIRE
    AMEN

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