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Seahawks Looking For “Very Good Player” & High Draft Pick For Richard Sherman

Update:

Ian Rapoport confirms that the Seahawks’ asking price for CB Richard Sherman is “very high.”

“Potentially a first-round pick,” Rapoport said. “Potentially a very good player on a low contract and a pick as well.

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Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, citing an NFL source, reports that the Seahawks not only have fielded calls for CB Richard Sherman but have also initiated trade talks with teams.

According to Fowler, multiple people in the NFL believe it would require a high draft pick to get Sherman from the Seahawks. Fowler says that the trade talks range from “fact-finding to more serious.”

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Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Seahawks have let it be known that they’re looking for “a very good player plus a high draft pick” in return for CB Richard Sherman.

Salguero’s source added that Sherman wouldn’t be willing to give any money back and would want to play for a team who has a chance to compete for a Super Bowl title.

If trade talks were to progress with a team, a deal most likely wouldn’t be complete until the start of the draft on April 27-29, according to Salguero.

Salguero adds that the chances of the Dolphins being seriously involved in a potential trade for Sherman “are nearly zero.”

Earlier in the day, Sherman told Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com that there’s “very little chance” of a trade happening and he has no issues with the Seahawks.

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.

 

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.