Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com spoke with Seahawks CB Richard Sherman about GM John Schneider‘s comments from yesterday that they are, in fact, listening to offers for him and have done so since the Scouting Combine.
“Very little chance it happens, but both sides are listening,” Sherman told Breer. “I honestly don’t have much more to say about it than what I’ve already said. We have a great relationship. … There is a lot of love and respect. There is no bad blood.”
Some have wondered if all of this is the Seahawks looking to send Sherman a message, to which he replied: “Not at all. I’m not in the least bit concerned about that.”
According to Breer, the Seahawks are “looking at getting ahead of the aging of their core” and find a way to extend their window for contention.
In regards to which teams could have interest in Sherman, Breer mentions the Patriots and Raiders are the good fits, but admits others could emerge in the days leading up to the draft.
Yesterday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that the Patriots have “some interest” in Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, but it’s unlikely they would pursue a trade for him unless they lose restricted free agent Malcolm Butler.
However, Howe mentions that Seattle has received greater interest from teams other than Patriots up to this point. Howe adds Sherman would be amenable to a trade to the Patriots if the two teams ever agreed to a deal.
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.