Richard Sherman: Seahawks said they want me back (at the right price)

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The Seahawks have released cornerback Richard Sherman, but he’s not necessarily done in Seattle.

Sherman told Albert Breer of SI.com that the Seahawks told him that cutting him was about money, not about thinking he’s no longer good enough.

“They wanted the financial flexibility going into free agency but expressed that they wanted me to return and will be in contact,” Sherman said.

The Seahawks are near the bottom of the NFL in available cap space even after cutting Sherman, so he’d likely need to settle for a lot less money if he’s going to play in Seattle in 2018. Now he’s a free agent, and he can find out exactly what he’s worth on the open market.

54 responses to “Richard Sherman: Seahawks said they want me back (at the right price)

  1. This is what I expected. One, he can’t pass his physical. That is a problem. Two, they need cap space. If he CAN come back in a few months I would definitely talk to the guy. He still has talent (injuries aside). Good luck Richard, I’m not a 12 but I got no issues with you or your play. Especially not your play.

  2. Dang bro, I guess the Seahawks didn’t think as highly of you as you thought of yourself #DiscountBack

  3. Sherman still has value, but his days as a elite CB are over. Achilles injuries are arguably the most devestating injuries athletes can suffer because it robs them of their first-step explosion when running. After having work done on both Achilles (one for the tear, the other for ‘maintenance’), he will now be more of a situational player than a starter.

  4. A 1 year vet min contract to try as an audition for next offseason? That is probably his only option. No one is going to offer that given his health. A great player though.

  5. I really wish NFL contracts and the whole player market wasn’t built on funny money. Teams play too many PR games with all this stuff. The fact that teams get to bail on the majority of what a deal is signed for is nonsense.

    Other sports manage to pay players what is promised. If a team doesn’t want to commit to X number of years, don’t offer it. Football is the most violent of the major team sports and the fact that players get injured frequently shouldn’t all fall on the players.

  6. The football/cap IQ in these comments is funny. With Sherman on the roster with his 11m salary the Seahawks can do nothing in free agency. Without him they can have some room to see what’s what and then make Sherman an offer for a restructure if he doesn’t get an amazing offer from someone else. The logistics of it are pretty simple. This idea that he’s done, won’t be able to pass a physical when it truly matters, etc. are irrelevant if even remotely true.

  7. With or without Richard Charmin, Seattle will miss the playoffs in 2018. Too many problems to fix. The O line, the loss of Michael Bennett, lack of depth at LB, possible career ending injuries to Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor, no running attack, potential loss of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson to free agency. Very few draft picks and very little salary cap space. All add up to keep them out of the playoffs.

  8. “They wanted the financial flexibility going into free agency but expressed that they wanted me to return and will be in contact,”

    Richard you went to Stanford so I shouldn’t have to explain this to you…it means they will sign you to a 1 year vet min deal…nothing less…nothing more.

  9. The shift of a smile to an expression of horror on Sherman’s face when Butler intercepted that pass will be what he is most remembered for.

  10. Smart move by Dick. Makes him appear content with the prospect of having a job and not desperate to sign the first FA offer thrown at him. I’m sure he has a price in mind and teams are going to lowball him anyway, but he’s basically saying “don’t waste both of our time with your cheap offer”.

  11. This is him trying to protect his value. Which i do think he still has. But blowing up your Achilles then having a team (that at a time you were the mvp of a short while ago) release you does still hurt it. I’d think he’d wanna play for a contender like Carolina, New England, atlanta, maybe Philly somehow.

  12. omeimontis says:
    With or without Richard Charmin, Seattle will miss the playoffs in 2018. Too many problems to fix. The O line, the loss of Michael Bennett, lack of depth at LB, possible career ending injuries to Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor, no running attack, potential loss of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson to free agency. Very few draft picks and very little salary cap space. All add up to keep them out of the playoffs.
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    They had all those problems last year and won 9 games and stuffed the Eagles like a Christmas turkey when Wentz was 100%.

  13. All of this is learning experience for a guy who will one day try to be head of the Players’ Union.
    First item: get and keep a good agent.

  14. My guess is that he ends up back in Seattle. They will have plenty of cap space after a few of the moves they make. Sherman can figure out his value on the open market, and if, but only if, Seattle can match or come close he likely returns. Seattle can restructure Thomas(extension to reduce cap hit) and Wilson to free up money if they can dangle the possibility of bringing Sherman back. He’ll probably get a contract for one or two years with a performance incentive. Games Played/Interceptions/Yards Allowed/Pro Bowl type stuff. Anyone saying he can’t play is wishful thinking.

  15. seahawkboymike says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    I’m sorry, I’m confused. If Sherman sucks why is this such a huge blow to the dynasty?
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    1 SB win is not a dynasty. Just ask Eagles.

  16. Seattle will miss the playoffs in 2018. Too many problems to fix. The O line, the loss of Michael Bennett, lack of depth at LB, possible career ending injuries to Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor, no running attack, potential loss of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson to free agency…
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    I was okay with your narrative… until you said Paul Richardson.

    He’s not even a household name in his own house…

  17. Sorry it is still BS! A contract is binding for a team to keep a player, but on the other hand they are allowed to cut a player that won’t void the contract and take a pay cut when he still has time on it?
    If that is the case why cant players 2 years into a contract or 3 decide others are getting paid more so he walk out on them without notice to sign somewhere else.
    This gives unfair advantage to the team. He was injured playing his contract should toll until he can play again. JUST like any other workers comp issue…

  18. Nice to hear the obvious respect that Sherman has for the Seahawk organization and vise versa. No bridges burned by either side means a better deal for each other, no matter how it ultimately lands. Good luck to Sheen.

  19. seahawkboymike says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    I’m sorry, I’m confused. If Sherman sucks why is this such a huge blow to the dynasty?

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    Why Dynasty? The 1-year dynasty?

  20. burtmustin says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    The shift of a smile to an expression of horror on Sherman’s face when Butler intercepted that pass will be what he is most remembered for.

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    The irony in what you refer to is that its not outside the realm of possibility that he winds up being the guy that intercepts Butlers job.

  21. 2017-18: Tear your ACL? Take a pay cut or we’ll cut you.
    2016-17: Play through a vague knee injury? We’re trying to trade you.

    Pete Carroll sure is good at throwing his players under the bus.

  22. Funny how the haters were saying that the Seahawks couldn’t afford an offensive line and a balanced team because they paid too much for their defense but now that they get rid of a bunch of the defensive salary to address those issues the Seahawks suck because of it.

    It will still be Pete’s defense and maybe Chris Carson can give them the running game they’re looking for. Now they can afford a couple offensive lineman?

    Nobody knows how it will go, that is why we play the games. One thing for sure is Russell Wilson will be the quarterback and Pete Carroll will be the coach so it will be a good team.

    This Seahawks fan is excited for the change, things got stale.

  23. jackedupboonie says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    Seahawks are all class! I bet they received offers for a 6th or 7th round pick for him but instead just granted him the opportunity to be a free agent.
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    I’m calling BS on that. Any team trading for Sherman, is also taking his contract. No one was going to do that. The team or fans or homer beat writers can say what they want, but I cant see a team taking on that salary when he is coming off a torn Achilles on one ankle and a surgery on the other achilles…

  24. “but he’s basically saying “don’t waste both of our time with your cheap offer”.”
    _____________________

    He’s still in a walking boot since his surgery and he hasn’t been elite since 2014. He’s going to listen to every offer presented to him.

  25. The Seahawks are near the bottom of the NFL in available cap space even after cutting Sherman

    Strange. I remember time and time again when people posted about their salary cap situation only to have their fans vehemently deny it. Are they still denying it?

  26. Sherman released by Seattle. That was a VERY classy move by Seattle. Now Richard is free to heal and rehab. When he’s healthy again in September-October Richard is free to negotiate with another team for more money than Seattle was willing to invest in him. This is the reality of today’s NFL, teams have every advantage.

    I’d like to see Sherman sign with Philly, bringing his wisdom and experience to a strong team. Good luck to you Richard, and thanks for being such a great advocate for player safety. I look forward to seeing you as head of the NFLPA in a matter of years. Best of luck to you, and thanks for contributing towards building one of the most consistent and strongest defense the NFL has seen in many years. Not many teams, statistically, can approach what Seattle accomplished. And only 1 team competed against a record setting NFL offense in the SB and defeated them 43-8. And even an injured Seattle defense would have 1 a second SB were it not for an OC calling a lame play call with Pete Carroll approving it. Those are the facts, and truth, and anyone denying that fact is in pure denial.

  27. it makes sense. Sherman has a ton of pride, and has always been a smart/savvy player – I have little doubt that he works his way back from this injury, and is an effective CB for another couple years. But $13M/yr is too much for a guy coming off an achilles.

    I know it’s a longshot – but would be great if there’s a re-structure where he ends up staying around w the Hawks.

  28. You B. Crazy says:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    Sherman still has value, but his days as a elite CB are over. Achilles injuries are arguably the most devestating injuries athletes can suffer because it robs them of their first-step explosion when running. After having work done on both Achilles (one for the tear, the other for ‘maintenance’), he will now be more of a situational player than a starter

    Huh?

    What proof of that do u have of that in the last 5-6 tears,bc I got Brent Grimes who made 3 probowls after a achillies.

  29. When you have Cancer, you have surgery to try and cut it out, or you go through Chemo.

    Sherman and Michael Bennett are Cancer. And now that their biggest enabler (Pete Carrol) has had enough of the Cancer, they are gone.

    In this case, Seattle is practicing addition by subtraction.

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