Could Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks reunite?

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Of all the potential transactions that the Seahawks could make this offseason, bringing back cornerback Richard Sherman would have landed low on the list of possibilities. It’s now on the radar screen, even if the chances of it happening remain remote.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media has reported that Sherman is open to a return to the Seahawks, and that the Seahawks have interest in bringing him back.

It seems like a stretch on the surface. Although the two sides didn’t have an Earl-Thomas-middle-finger-style divorce, the Richard Sherman Experience had run its course in Seattle. There was acrimony and at times hostility between Sherman and quarterback Russell Wilson. After the 2017 season, the Seahawks purged from the roster any remaining veterans who resented Russ, and Sherman was always one of the main culprits.

Wilson was viewed by some of the players as a company man, a Goody Two-Shoes. Some veteran players mocked Wilson’s “Go Hawks” catch phrase behind his back, and he became a lightning rod for rancor when the last offensive snap of Super Bowl XLIX became not a run to Marshawn Lynch but a pass from Wilson that was intercepted by Malcolm Butler.

After intercepting Wilson during a June 2014 practice session, Sherman yelled at Wilson, “You f–king suck!” Then came the Super Bowl debacle, something Sherman took very hard.

While there’s a chance everyone involved is ready to let bygones be bygones, one league source tells PFT that the Seahawks are allowing the flirtation to be fueled as both a jab at Wilson’s current discontent — and as a reminder that the team weeded out those players (like Sherman) who had a problem with the way Wilson was treated by management.

Ultimately, the Seahawks are unlikely to bring Sherman back. As one source put it, they don’t and won’t have the cap space to pay Sherman what he wants.

Sherman has been linked briefly to the Saints. The Raiders have not emerged as a player for Sherman’s services, despite (or perhaps because of) coach Jon Gruden’s blatant tampering. Other than that, there has been no reported interest in his services.

The fact that former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh hasn’t made a play to bring Sherman to New York to help spearhead the implementation of Saleh’s program with the Jets and to help teach and develop young players could be regarded as example of the reality that not only actions but also inactions can be louder than any words spoken or shouted.

42 responses to “Could Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks reunite?

  1. In Sherman’s case as they say what goes around comes around. His big mouth has him where he’s at today.

  2. I really like Richard Sherman. There’s a lot to like about him as a player and a person. However, he was never the fastest guy on the field, which puts a CB at a huge disadvantage. But he was a star before they outlawed grabbing and mauling. He played in a very specific scheme that allowed him to basically grab a WR and keep them from getting to their target area on time. It was very disruptive, and allowed the DLine extra time to get to the QB. Now, Sherman is even slower than before, and the rules have changed. He’s a smart football player, and would probably be able to move to safety. That’s the only thing I can think of. If that’s the case, he’s a great guy to have on the team.

  3. I seriously doubt it. As a Seahawk fan – most of us saw the decline in his last year as a Seahawk – now 4 years later, he’s broken down averaging less than 10 games a year. its sad..

    Coming back makes no sense.

  4. They’re more likely to bring back Marshawn again. He didn’t even play last year and they have RB depth. Sherman’s only way back is to publicly stump for a Wilson legacy extension…yeah that ain’t happening.

  5. The whole “Richard Sherman vs Russell Wilson” is nothing. There is absolutely 100% zero issues between the two of them. The practice thing where Sherman swore at Wilson was pure competition and nothing else. Everyone (except maybe some of the “national” reporters) understands that Sherman’s comment was pure Sherman and no different than he treats any competitor. In fact it might have been just a little nicer than normal.

    Their personalities are that of two of the biggest competitors in sports. They manifest that competitive nature in different ways but they are both ultra-competitive. That kind of competition in practice is one of the things that made the Seahawks as good as they were back then. The offense fed off the defense and vice-versa.

    I guarantee Russel Wilson would welcome Richard Sherman back in a heartbeat. As would the fans. If Sherm brings it, he could slide right back into his old spot. And I’m betting he’d not only bring it, he’d elevate it.

    The Seahawks desperately need a couple guys that play with an edge right to the whistle and maybe a half step beyond. It use to be Sherman and Kam on defense and Doug Baldwin and Breno Giacamini on offense. Four nasty competitors. Would love to see Sherman bring it back.

  6. Unite for another look on his face like when Butler picked off Wilson sealing the ‘Hawks loss in the Super Bowl? Priceless!

  7. They need to save every penny to sign Adams to an instant regret extension that will never ever be worth the money and lost draft picks.

  8. Sincerely hope this doesn’t happen, simply because I think Sherm could help Seattle from the cellar in the West. The 49ers are going to be better, after a nightmarish injury year. Arizona is all-in — doesn’t mean they’ll win it, but they’ve added a lot. The Rams figure to be at least 1-2 wins better with Stafford and what they’ve done.

    Sherman returning to the Seahawks could give them a lift. Right now, the way I see it, they’re coming in fourth.

  9. This article has led me to think back over the relationships Sherman has had with his teams, his coaches and his quarterbacks. And, thinking back, the only word I can think of to summarize his actions and his attitude is, “dysfunctional.”

    The guy really is starting to remind me of T.O., and not in a good way.

  10. “His big mouth has him where he’s at today.”
    ____________

    I’d argue his mouth is no longer his biggest problem. His issue now is he’s nowhere near the player he once was, playing on 2 bad Achilles, and a big-name used to big money who is a bad value proposition compared to similarly skilled players who nobody has heard of.

  11. “The practice thing where Sherman swore at Wilson was pure competition and nothing else. ”
    ___________

    It happened at the very first practice back following their Super Bowl win. He was so “competitive” he threw a football into the face of their superstar young QB at the very first opportunity following winning the ultimate price? Can anyone imagine that happening after Brady won that first Super Bowl with the Pats? Or any other team in a similar situation?

  12. babo123 says:
    March 25, 2021 at 8:59 am
    Sincerely hope this doesn’t happen, simply because I think Sherm could help Seattle from the cellar in the West. The 49ers are going to be better, after a nightmarish injury year. Arizona is all-in — doesn’t mean they’ll win it, but they’ve added a lot. The Rams figure to be at least 1-2 wins better with Stafford and what they’ve done.

    Sherman returning to the Seahawks could give them a lift. Right now, the way I see it, they’re coming in fourth.

    —–

    Take a look at all the players the Rams lost on both sides of the ball. The are not going to win more games this season than last…

  13. Sherman has always been a legend in his own mind. I always thought he was over-rated and looked better than he was because of the legion of doom defensive guys around him.

  14. Sherm is how old? In an age where officials throw linen if a DB breathes on a receiver, Sherman’s style of play is outmoded.

  15. Sherman has always been a legend in his own mind. I always thought he was over-rated and looked better than he was because of the legion of doom defensive guys around him.
    ==========

    Lowest completion % against, 2010-2019
    Sherm – 49.6
    Revis – 49.8
    NFL average – 61.4

    Lowest passer rating against, 2010-2019
    Sherman – 54.1
    Marlon Humphrey – 67.8 (1 year as a full-time starter)
    Revis – 70.3

    He was the best corner of his era. Period.

  16. Sherman proved the haters wrong in 2019 when the niners made the SB with him playing zone coverage like his vintage self. But idk if he’s got another season like that in him. Certainly worth a depth signing though.

  17. babo123, “the Cellar?” I seriously doubt that. The Rams got completely gutted in free agency and do not have the draft picks to replace the missing players with young and cheap options. The 49ers lost Robert Salleh, still do not have a decent quarterback, and just gave an offensive tackle on the wrong side of thirty and who has not played a full season since 2013 $20m a year for six years. The Cardinals look like they are going to be fierce, though. Having a star quarterback on a rookie contract is how Super Bowls are won.

  18. Sherman has lost to much from his Achilles injury to still be consider a shut corner and draw anywhere near that type of money. At best he is a dime back and probably only worth somewhere near league minimum, which I don’t see his ego letting him work for that. Unless a GM/Coach are name chasers (used up vet, that was once decent) instead of active talent.

    I don’t think Pete wants Sherman’s mouth talking to its younger players.

  19. Having a star quarterback on a rookie contract is how Super Bowls are won.
    ==========

    LOL,

    Tom Brady

  20. themaskettaman says:
    March 25, 2021 at 12:20 pm
    babo123, “the Cellar?” I seriously doubt that. The Rams got completely gutted in free agency and do not have the draft picks to replace the missing players with young and cheap options. The 49ers lost Robert Salleh, still do not have a decent quarterback, and just gave an offensive tackle on the wrong side of thirty and who has not played a full season since 2013 $20m a year for six years. The Cardinals look like they are going to be fierce, though. Having a star quarterback on a rookie contract is how Super Bowls are won.

    +++

    You might be right about the Rams and the Cardinals, and I KNOW no Seahawks fan wants to hear this, but the Niners will be back in 2021. With Garoppolo or without. Injuries killed them last year. Cardinals and 49ers will BOTH be better than last year.

  21. If the Hawks sign Sherman they’d need him at FS while moving Diggs to SS and having Jamal Adams as a rover LB/S hybrid.

  22. riverhorsey says:
    March 24, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    In Sherman’s case as they say what goes around comes around. His big mouth has him where he’s at today

    ———

    A Superbowl ring, a ten year career in a league where the average is three, and multiple millions of dollars including proving people wrong when he negotiated his own contract?!

    What point were you exactly trying to make?

  23. @Shaliene Rodgers

    That was one of the best comments this off season. I love to see people use facts and data to refute uninformed, emotionally based comments. Well done.

  24. Id love to see Sherman back if not for his Vet leadership in the backfield. After his playing career I think Sherman would made a great secondary coach…dude is bright.

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