Sherman’s self-representation decision could become a problem

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When Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman opted to save a couple of percentage points by flying without representation, one very specific question emerged: What will happen when the Seahawks try to squeeze him to take less money in 2018?

The problem arises from the inability of Sherman to gauge the market for his services elsewhere before giving Seattle a final answer. If still represented, Sherman’s agent could have: (1) met with the Seahawks last week about their proposal for 2018; and (2) met with other teams about what they would offer him, if he becomes available.

Yes, it’s tampering for other teams to engage in those discussions, but they routinely do. And it’s easy to get away with it. If Sherman, however, had personally shown up at the Scouting Combine and started talking to other teams, that would have been a problem.

Now, with Sherman reportedly planning to talk to the Seahawks about his future, Sherman will have no way of knowing what other teams will pay before he has to tell the Seahawks whether he’ll accept their offer on a reduced salary for 2018, below the $11 million he’s due to make.

The Seahawks could authorize him to talk to other teams before making a final decision. In some cases, knowing what other teams would pay will help a player come to grips with the fact that his market may not be what he thinks it should be. But the Seahawks may prefer that he make a decision without knowing what he could get elsewhere.

The Seahawks also could authorize Sherman to try to arrange a trade for his contract, which would likely be accompanied by a restructured deal. It would then be for Sherman to make those communications, and to attempt to thread the needle in the way that agents routinely do.

It creates a delicate situation for the Seahawks, who may be inclined to not even try to get Sherman to take less money. Before Sherman ever decides to do so, he needs to know what other teams would pay. Few if any teams would risk a tampering charge by dealing with him directly, absent express permission from the Seahawks.

8 responses to “Sherman’s self-representation decision could become a problem

  1. People automatically assume that because he went to Stanford he’s a bright guy. I’ve never thought he was particularly intelligent.

  2. Is Sherman really going this alone or is he using the NFLPA as an agent like I’ve heard that LaMar Jackson is doing?

  3. wouldn’t having to read stuff, and do math be reason enough to hire an agent?

    i was told there would be no math.

  4. Seahawks should let him talk to others. NFLPA contract regarding Self representation should allow teams, with only prior notice given to teams of the intended contact.

  5. >>mrphelps01 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:06 pm
    People automatically assume that because he went to Stanford he’s a bright guy. I’ve never thought he was particularly intelligent.

    Stanford is a difficult school to get into. Unless you get admitted for sports …

  6. If Sherman is as smart as all broadcasters assume he is, why isn’t smart enough to keep his emotions in check, instead of having to be separated from coaches and teammates for whatever stupid reason it was that set him off?? the Seahawks, combined with the recent serious injury have finally had enough of his bs, plain and simple.

  7. Who’s to say the other teams haven’t already contacted Sherman about his services? He may already know the number, he’s just smart enough not to reveal it to the NFL because of tampering rules. The Patriots aren’t the only team to engage in cheating.

  8. 4everpackfan says:
    If Sherman is as smart as all broadcasters assume he is, why isn’t smart enough to keep his emotions in check, instead of having to be separated from coaches and teammates for whatever stupid reason it was that set him off?? the Seahawks, combined with the recent serious injury have finally had enough of his bs, plain and simple.
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    Sherman was complaining about DC Kris Richard and OC Derrel Bevell. Took the Seahawks one more year to figure out he was right. He was calling out that which needed to be called out.

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