Best timing for Richard Sherman trade would be during the draft

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If the Seahawks find a trade partner for cornerback Richard Sherman, the timing of the consummation of the deal becomes critical. Not for the team that gets Sherman, but for the Seahawks.

For example, if the Titans offer the 18th overall pick in the draft for Sherman (I’m not saying that they would or should, but in theory they could), the Seahawks would prefer not to acquire that pick now or next week or at any time before the pick is on the clock. Whoever the Seahawks would be targeting, it’s important not to plant a flag in the ground when other picks remain to be made. Doing so becomes a recipe for being leapfrogged.

So the best outcome, if a trade happens, would be for the Seahawks to pull the trigger when they have a clear shot at the guy they want, whether it’s pick No. 18 or No. 118 or anything in between.

It’s also possible for the Seahawks and another team to condition the trade on the player that the Seahawks want still being there when the pick Seattle would be getting is on the clock. If the player is there, the deal goes through; if not, no deal.

That approach would require a high degree of discretion and secrecy, but both sides would have a strong interest in keeping things quiet. So don’t be surprised, then, if things remain quiet for the next three weeks, with the first hint of a deal coming once the Commissioner strolls to the podium and declares to the football-following world, “There has been a trade.”

26 responses to “Best timing for Richard Sherman trade would be during the draft

  1. Sherman’s the best corner in the business (and I’m not even officially a Hawk’s fan) and a critical part of the defense so trading him for a draft pick would be crazy. The intangibles he brings to the Seahawks alone (fan favorite, leadership, football IQ, mentor) would make a trade, even for a high draft pick, a losing deal for the Seahawks.
    Fans tend to be easily led into swallowing the hype around the draft, not realizing that many of these players who were stars in college will never make it in the NFL and that there is a BIG difference with much lost in transition. Better a bird in the hand, a proven difference maker, than a draft pick that is an unknown from a team who’s position in the draft was determined by their lack of success or failure!
    I MIGHT see Sherman reuniting with Lynch and the Raiders, and they seem willing to spend the money it will take but that wouldn’t be good for the Seahawks, who are moving towards a rebuilding phase themselves.

  2. Howie Roseman’s trigger finger is starting to twitch.

    Don’t do it, Howie. This draft is loaded with corners.

    —-

    The Eagles blow.

    Why do Philly fans continue to choose to torture themselves not wanting a true rebuild so can legitimately compete for a SB?

  3. clssylssy says:
    Apr 6, 2017 10:13 AM
    Sherman’s the best corner in the business (and I’m not even officially a Hawk’s fan)

    WHEN he has a stud Safety to provide help over the top.

    When he doesn’t – he’s not nearly as effective and I’d still like to see him cover more than just 1/2 of the field.

  4. tylawspick6 says:
    Apr 6, 2017 10:20 AM
    Howie Roseman’s trigger finger is starting to twitch.

    Don’t do it, Howie. This draft is loaded with corners.

    —-

    The Eagles blow.

    Why do Philly fans continue to choose to torture themselves not wanting a true rebuild so can legitimately compete for a SB?

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    Begging Howie Roseman *not* to do a trade for Sherman because the draft is loaded with corners means I DO want a true rebuild.

  5. A top 25 pick to rent a mouthy corner who may be starting to decline for 2 years at $11m per at the end of which he will be 31 and there will be no ‘may be’ about it. Not a sound investment. A mid second for a team with decent safeties that’s close on the other hand…

  6. tylawspick6 says:
    Apr 6, 2017 10:18 AM
    Sherman to the Pats.
    _______________________________
    For what? Stolen scouting reports on other teams and a ham sandwich?

  7. I could see a trade between the Seahawks and Raiders.
    Something like Sherman and Lynch for a player and a pick swap. Maybe CB Sean Smith or the young bull guard Gabe Jackson. Or maybe just Sherm and Lynch for a draft pick all together.

  8. Raiders also make sense bc of the scheme. Ken Norton is their DC and he’s a Seattle guy, running the same Seattle scheme. I think Sherman is a great CB, but I think he has to be in the right scheme to succeed.

  9. Dick Sherman is the biggest diva and has the most fragile ego in the league, bar none. He’s definitely compensating for insecurity by mouthing off so much it comes across as very false bravado.

  10. He’s the best at what he does and he was right about every criticism of the Seahawks coaching staff last year. If they trade him they can get used to Divisional round exits for the next 5 years.

  11. I feel bad for the team that gives up a high draft pick for this loudmouth. He’s a system player who has benefited his whole career by having one of the best safety combos, one of the best LB’s (Wagner) and a strong pass rush plus playing on a defense that rarely sees the field because Seattle has had the #1 rushing offense in the league for the bulk of his career to control TOP and keep the defense fresh. Not to mention he’s had to play in the worst division for QB’s in the league with a mixture of Kaepernick, Gabbert, a plethora of Rams QB’s and Cardinals backup’s for his whole career. His salary and mouth does not justify his play.

    Ever since Lynch saw the writing on the wall that the team wanted Wilson as the poster boy and got out of there knowing that he (Wilson) wasn’t capable of leading that team to greatness, the team has struggled on offense, which has caused the defense to be on the field more and has been exposed. Teams are no longer afraid of the legion of whom.

    #shortestdynastyever

  12. dbara43 says:
    Apr 6, 2017 11:54 AM
    He’s the best at what he does and he was right about every criticism of the Seahawks coaching staff last year. If they trade him they can get used to Divisional round exits for the next 5 years.
    ……………

    Well, since they can’t win on the road in the playoffs, for some reason can’t take advantage of down years in NFC to get a bye, and lost in division round last 2 seasons. Are they getting ready or sustaining current success level?

  13. “Not to mention he’s had to play in the worst division for QB’s in the league with a mixture of Kaepernick, Gabbert, a plethora of Rams QB’s and Cardinals backup’s for his whole career”

    —————–

    HAHAHAHAHA this coming from a Pats fan whose team gets to play the Jets, Dolphins and Bills twice a season. Remind me again who the QBs are for those teams?!?

  14. Valuation is off for current players during the draft though. I’ve read from some very intelligent people in the league that the lowest trade value for a player is during the draft.

  15. Hmmm.. I think I would pull the trigger on that trade if I were the Titans. They are ready to win now and they won’t get a better player at 18.

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