Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said his relationship with CB Richard Sherman is “as good as it’s ever been,” despite the fact that the team spoke with other clubs about a potential trading involving the Pro Bowl cornerback.
According to Carroll, trade talks involving Sherman are over, but he also didn’t rule out them taking phone calls from other teams down the road and explained that all of their players are available at the right price.
“Yes. In one respect, it would be because it went after draft time,” Carroll said, via ESPN.com. “But people can always call you, and there were some people, there were some conversations. I don’t think they’re going to change. I don’t think anybody’s going to offer us anything that would make it worthwhile, because there’s no draft involved and all that kind of stuff. But that’s always out there. There’s always opportunities to trade.
“But the likelihood is like zero percent, it seems like. Teams don’t want to give up stuff. They don’t want to trade at times like this, and it’s really hard to navigate through a trade with experienced players during draft time. It just doesn’t happen very often.”
Carroll explained that everyone on their roster is essentially available for trade at the right price.
“Everybody on our team is available to somebody that wants to come get them if they want to trade for them,” Carroll said, via ESPN.com. “We don’t want to trade guys. We want to keep our guys. But we have to in an effort to always work to be better and help our team. We’ve got to listen and all that. So we went through that process. There was very open conversation about that. There was no animosity at all.”
Seahawks GM John Schneider also admitted that it was more likely Sherman would remain in Seattle for at least the 2017 season, despite the trade talks they had with teams this offseason.
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.