John Schneider: No plan to tag Sheldon Richardson

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It doesn’t look like the Seahawks will be using their franchise tag this year.

A report last week indicated that the team will not use the tag on defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, who the team acquired in a trade with the Jets last year. On Friday, Seahawks General Manager John Schneider confirmed that a tag is unlikely.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports Schneider did add “at this point” to leave the door somewhat open for a tag. The window to use the tag is closing soon, however, and the Seahawks likely have a pretty good idea if they want to set themselves up to pay Richardson around $14 million for the 2018 season.

Richardson could still re-sign with the Seahawks after starting 15 games in his first season in Seattle. That could be more likely if the Seahawks find a taker for Michael Bennett in a trade as Cliff Avril‘s uncertain health leaves them with more question marks up front on defense.

7 responses to “John Schneider: No plan to tag Sheldon Richardson

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    johnsfsnl says:
    March 2, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    Despite being an immense talent, guy is not worth the headache. Now two teams have made it clear.
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    Huh? A headache? I’m not sure what left field you got that information from but the guy’s been a class act and excellent fit with both the Hawks and the City.

  2. Seattle has only used the franchise tag once since Pete Carroll and Schneider arrived, and it was on Olindo Mare in 2010. No sign of that changing anytime soon.

  3. SEA GM JS made a huge big ole mistake trading this years 2nd round pick for DT Sheldon Richardson last August, with Richardson posting a whopping 1.0 sack/1 FF ( all in the same play) in return this last season, and Richardson has said he is looking forward to hitting the market and is looking to take the biggest deal. You know JS is regretting this decision now. With the Hawks losing Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett & Sheldon RIchardson all up front along with Kam Chancellor, McDougald, D. Shead and Maxwell in the secondary & possibly Sherman or Thomas, the SEA defense is going to look radically different and the D-Line is going to really suck, the pass rush is going to seriously struggle to get any pressure on the QB. All they will have left is Frank Clark, and this years draft class is a very weak EDGE Rusher draft, with SEA lacking a 2nd & 3rd round pick. Pass Rusher is going to suffer in 2018.

  4. onnymacjack says:
    March 2, 2018 at 4:48 pm
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    johnsfsnl says:
    March 2, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    Despite being an immense talent, guy is not worth the headache. Now two teams have made it clear.
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    Huh? A headache? I’m not sure what left field you got that information from but the guy’s been a class act and excellent fit with both the Hawks and the City.

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    Yes, though my point being maybe they decided it wasn’t a good bet paying franchise tag money on a guy that was drag racing at 140 mph under the influence with a 12 year old and a loaded shotgun under the seat. Maybe he was on his best behavior for 6 months in Seattle, but no guarantee for the future given the guy’s track record.

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