Seahawks were permitted to waive Richard Sherman, despite his Achilles injuries

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A simple question has emerged in the aftermath of Seattle’s decision to release cornerback Richard Sherman at a time when Sherman wasn’t healthy: Can teams do this?

The short and obvious answer is “yes,” because they did it. The longer answer comes from Article 45 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Dubbed “Injury Protection,” this term gives a player who was injured during one season compensation for the next season, if he still can’t play due to the injury. Section 2 ensures the player 50 percent of the salary he was due to earn, up to a maximum of $1.15 million for 2018.

The money is paid in equal installments during the next season, unless the player signs a contract and passes a physical with another team. In Sherman’s case, it’s expected that his pair of Achilles tendon procedures eventually will result in Sherman passing a physical and playing this season.

Sherman’s situation would have been much more complicated for the Seahawks if his $11 million salary for 2018 had been guaranteed for injury. Since, however, 2018 was the last year of Sherman’s deal, the guarantees had already evaporated. So the Seahawks were able to unload his cap number, retaining at worst the responsibility to pay him $1.15 million for 2018.

At best, he’ll be joining a new team at some point before the season begins, and the Seahawks will be off the hook.

17 responses to “Seahawks were permitted to waive Richard Sherman, despite his Achilles injuries

  1. Suggs came back from a torn Achilles and played pretty well. If the surgery went well, Sherman will probably have another 2 to 3 good seasons left. I see him signing a deal with a base salary around 5 million with incentives to get it up to 8 to 10 million.

  2. He is not done, but he would not be able to accelerate as well as he once did until the Achilles tendon is completely healed, since this tendon is used to push off the ground in a leap or when starting to run. Since he is getting older, he may be slowing down naturally anyway. besides, since the league started enforcing defensive holding again, he has not come close to his career best of 8 interceptions in one season.

  3. omeimontis says:
    March 10, 2018 at 10:52 am
    He is not done, but he would not be able to accelerate as well as he once did until the Achilles tendon is completely healed, since this tendon is used to push off the ground in a leap or when starting to run. Since he is getting older, he may be slowing down naturally anyway. besides, since the league started enforcing defensive holding again, he has not come close to his career best of 8 interceptions in one season.

    After his 8 interception season, quarterbacks stopped throwing to his side of the field. But hey, nice try sounding like you knew what you were talking about.

  4. Also, if Sherman commits defensive holding on every play, wouldn’t he be targeted by coordinators and quarterbacks more often? You know, so an offense could march up the field on his holding penalties alone? Yet he’s been the least targeted cb since 2012, and even after the rule changes. Your flawed logic of interceptions being down due to the change in holding penalties called is laughable.

  5. omeimontis says:
    March 10, 2018 at 10:52 am
    He is not done, but he would not be able to accelerate as well as he once did until the Achilles tendon is completely healed, since this tendon is used to push off the ground in a leap or when starting to run. Since he is getting older, he may be slowing down naturally anyway. besides, since the league started enforcing defensive holding again, he has not come close to his career best of 8 interceptions in one season.
    +++++
    If Sherman sucks so much, why didn’t Rodgers throw to his side of the field the entire first half of a game a few years ago?

    You don’t like him or anything Seattle related. I get it. However, Sherman is a multi All Pro and multi pro bowler. So, he is pretty darn good whether you like him or not.

  6. The guy is not done do any of you non hawk fans even watch football? Remember Seattle last year with a full team beat the Rams in LA and beat philly, the so called super bowl champs without Sherman. While Sherman was still playing he was a big reason why they were still the best team in the NFL last year. Seattle didn’t have to blow up this defense but they really only had a year or two left to be dominate so blow it up now and rebuild while Russell Wilson is still young and around. They’ll be back mark my words. For one the rams will fall apart soon once they have to pay Goff and Donald and gurly. The rams are loading up now to win they darn well know the window is going to close very soon as they rid of players because of the cap. Watch! As for the niners…. please. They are three years away from even having a chance for a bowl so we’ll see then but this far not impressed with their path. Taking chances on troubled players will get you nowhere. See Dallas. Where’s all those troubled players now?

  7. As a pro, Sherman was more savvy as a cornerback than he was fast. He looks QBs off so well that he’s able to beat the receiver to the point of contact. The way to beat him is to throw underneath him. I didn’t see much drop off from replacements after he was hurt.
    Seahawks made a business decision.

  8. Lol…Seahawks done, back to the basement…I can feel the arrogant fans fading away, bye bye!!!

  9. Big fan of Hawks. This is a two year retool. They will be lucky to get third in NFC West. The NFC is too strong and playing the strongest AFC division. The weakest games are against Cards ( no QB) and Chicago. At best they go 2-2 against AFC West and 2-2 against NFC North, likely 1-5 against division and 0-2 against Dallas and Panthers. 5-11 is likely. If they somehow get a OL and can get back to running the ball while giving Russel 3 seconds in the pocket with Baldwin and Locket then could be 8-8.

  10. joetoronto says:
    March 10, 2018 at 9:51 am
    This guy is so done, I can’t believe any team would trade for him.
    Rock Bokusky says:
    March 10, 2018 at 9:58 am
    @joetoronto he’s a free agent dude
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    @Rock, if you really want to get pedantic, a hire is still a trade of sorts between the 9ers and Sherman, their money for his services. Had joetoronto said “..trade with Hawks for him” he’d have been wrong but he didn’t, so his contextual use of trade could be synomynous with hire.

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