Seahawks GM John Schneider mentioned that “odds are“ Richard Sherman will remain with the Seahawks for the 2017 season. Although, Schneider added that they will still consider trade offers for him moving forward.
“Right now, I don’t think the odds [of a trade] are very good,” Schneider said during an interview with the 710 ESPN Seattle, via ESPN.com. “But if somebody comes cruising along and something happens, and we do something, it happens.
“We have constant communication with him. I talked to him this evening. So it’s cool. Everything’s fine. I just think that the only reason we would do it is to basically create some cap room and try to become a younger football team. But that’s just one option.”
Adam Schefter reported that it’s his understanding that Sherman was actually the one who initiated the trade talks.
“It’s one of those things where the dialogue we have with our guys is not somebody comes bashing through the door like you would see in a football movie or something like, ‘I demand to be traded!’” Schneider said. “It’s not like that. It just doesn’t work that way. The way I would answer it is we just have this dialogue with guys all the time, and I think he’d admit that he had a rough year. So he’s looking for maybe a new spark, and he’s either going to find that here in Seattle or he’s going to find it somewhere else. But odds are he’s going to find it here.”
Mike Garafolo of NFL Media previously reported that it would take a package of draft picks that included first- and third-round selections in order for the Seahawks to trade Sherman.
“We’re talking Darrelle Revis Jets-to-Buccaneers type of deal,” Garafolo explained. “That’s what’s going to get this thing done.”
According to Garafolo, no team has come close to offering Seattle this kind of compensation for Sherman up to this point.
Sherman, 28, is a former fifth-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2011. He’s currently in the fourth years of his five-year, $58.789 million contract that includes $40 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $11.431 million and $11 million over the final two years of the agreement.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Sherman would free up $9,231,000 of available cap space while creating $4,400,000 in dead money.
In 2016, Sherman appeared in all 16 games and recorded 58 tackles, four interceptions, a fumble recovery and 13 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 13 cornerback out of 112 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a potential Sherman trade as the news is available.