Report: Franchise tag unlikely for Sheldon Richardson

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Before the window to use the franchise tag opened earlier this week, we ran through options to get the tag from each team in the NFL.

When it came to the Seahawks, two names were mentioned. One was tight end Jimmy Graham, but there haven’t been many signs that the team is planning to go that way. The other was defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who the Seahawks acquired in a trade with the Jets for a second-round pick and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse last year.

That may not be in the offing either. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that a tag on Richardson, which would likely come in at around $14 million, is considered unlikely.

Rapoport adds that the Seahawks want to hold onto Richardson, who said he expects to remain in Seattle when the regular season came to an end. If talks toward a deal to make that happen don’t progress, they could decide on an alternate approach to using the tag before the March 6 deadline to do so.

14 responses to “Report: Franchise tag unlikely for Sheldon Richardson

  1. Seahawkboymike probably thinks Sheldon is John Randle

    The truth is he doesn’t make a difference and NFC West fans hope the doves sign him to a new, rich deal

  2. To correct a few people. They gave up a 2nd rounder and Jermaine Kearse, who led the Jets in receiving last year. And, they CAN’T afford to franchise him or resign him because they don’t have the money for any big contracts this offseason. They are currently 11 million under the cap and most of that will go towards the players they draft.

  3. After the seahawks cut jeremy lane and cliff avril, and extend Earl Thomas they will have the cap space to sign sheldon richardson, who did not have that many sacks, but was very disruptive. He forced fumbles, recovered fumbles, and had at least one interception. Watch his highlights against the Rams in LA. He dominated the line of scrimmage in that game. He had a good year in a defense that was new to him. He is the main priority to resign out of all the Seahawks free agents and I expect him to be back with Seattle and to play very well.

  4. The fact a story would even be floated that he might get tagged makes me giggle. I mean he is a decent player but there is reasons why he doesn’t have an extension yet. Might have to do prove it deal before he cashes in.

  5. hard to think of many defensive players worth $14M – but he was very solid last season, and zero problems, locker-room or otherwise. if possible – worth keeping for the right price for sure.

  6. dmoney253 says:
    February 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    After the seahawks cut jeremy lane and cliff avril, and extend Earl Thomas they will have the cap space to sign sheldon richardson, who did not have that many sacks, but was very disruptive. He forced fumbles, recovered fumbles, and had at least one interception. Watch his highlights against the Rams in LA. He dominated the line of scrimmage in that game. He had a good year in a defense that was new to him. He is the main priority to resign out of all the Seahawks free agents and I expect him to be back with Seattle and to play very well.
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    Richardson was not that disruptive at all and he didnt forced multiple fumbles, he forced ONE FUMBLE in 16 games, Budda Baker forced more than that AND HE IS A SAFETY LOL. Richardson was disruptive at all, go look at his QB pressures and QB Hits numbers, he had very very few pressures and hits, he wasnt getting home. Dude sucks, I hope SEA pays a guy that cannot play 14-16M next year….. That pass rush is going to be garbage in 2018 without Avril and Bennett.

  7. Unlikely doesn’t mean they won’t decide to tag him…or sign him to a deal. He didn’t have big sack numbers, but every time I watched him on a given defensive play, he was blowing up the pocket. However, if he goes in free agency, Seattle will most likely get a 3rd round comp pick for him in 19. Same with Graham.

  8. Cut Cliff Avril, Richard Charmin, Kam Chancellor and Jeremy Lane. Let Jimmy Graham, Luke Joeckel, Paul Richardson, and Byron Maxwell walk. Trade Earl Thomas for draft picks. Now you have enough cap space to give Richardson the same deal Ndamukong Suh got from Miami.

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