The news about the Seattle Seahawks being open to trading star cornerback Richard Sherman have hit a fever pitch on Wednesday after general manager John Schneider let it be known (again) that the team is actively shopping him. Schneider reiterated that he does not expect Sherman to be traded, but that could be interpreted two different ways:
- He does not expect Sherman to be traded
- He does want to drive up the price of Sherman by not sounding desperate to unload him
I now bring you, the people, a poll to let your voices be heard as far as what you think Seattle should do in this situation. Before we do that, I want to again lay down some of the actual groundwork of what a Sherman trade actually means for the Seahawks:
- Their cornerbacks/sometimes safeties group without Sherman is led by DeShawn Shead (recovering from a torn ACL), Jeremy Lane, Bradley McDougald, DeAndre Elliott, Neiko Thorpe, Pierre Desir, Perrish Cox, and Demetrius McCray. No Sherman only heightens the need to take at least two cornerbacks on days one and two of the draft.
- Trading Sherman means freeing up $11.4 million in cap space in 2017 and $11 million in 2018. That money could be rolled over, it could be used to trade for a different star player, it could be used to extend some other core players like Kam Chancellor and Jimmy Graham, it could be used to sign a free agent who is released over the summer (like Josh Sitton in 2016), it could be used to sign free agents in 2018. All told, Seattle has about $9 million in cap space for next season with about half of that committed to rookies and such. Current free agents include Darrelle Revis, Victor Cruz, Jared Odrick, Sam Shields, Mario Williams, Ryan Clady, Lardarius Webb, Dion Jordan, Breno Giacomini, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Gilbert, and many more. Not that any are currently interesting to the Seahawks, but options would be open.
- Trading Sherman now means getting something of significant value in return. He is still a top-five cornerback. He has 10 more interceptions than any player since 2011. He is not very expensive given that he is a top-five cornerback. He makes less than A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore. A top-12 pick would be surprising but not shocking, however you want to define those words; for me it means I’d be pleasantly surprised at the return but not shocked because he’s Richard Sherman. A first round pick seems more than reasonable. Future picks and a player, certainly on the table with that.
- Waiting until after the draft would significantly decrease his value, especially to the 2017 Seahawks, who would then not be able to add an extra great prospect from this class of great secondary prospects.
- On and off the field, Sherman has gotten into heated arguments with teammates, the head coach, the offensive coordinator, the defensive coordinator, and the media, and that’s just within the last six months. We don’t even know what arguments we don’t know about. Even as a top five cornerback, is he a negative influence on young teammates and is he enough of a negative influence to make it worth it to the front office to make a change? As far as “team chemistry” and “this is a brotherhood” and all that type of...”stuff”...Things that trickle out of the locker room seem to suggest that it’s not as ... to borrow a term from Sherman ... “koombaya” as it may seem to fans.
Should the Seahawks trade Richard Sherman?
This poll is closed
Yes, but only for a top 12 pick
Yes, but only for a first round pick
Yes, it’s time to move on