The Miami Herald is reporting on Thursday that according to an NFL source, the Seattle Seahawks want “a very good player plus a high draft pick” in return for cornerback Richard Sherman. The Seahawks are being very open about the fact that they are shopping Sherman, and that Sherman was the one who came to them to ask for a potential trade. However, Sherman has also been vocal about the fact that his relationship with Seattle is good and “there is no bad blood.”
In a text to SI’s Peter King, Sherman said:
“Very little chance it happens, but both sides are listening. 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.”
Who knows what a “high draft pick” could mean for the Seahawks. Does that imply top 10? And what would a “very good player” be? A starting left tackle? A premier wide receiver?
Not many teams have the cap space, draft picks, and “very good players” they aren’t currently in need of that would be necessary to facilitate a deal like this. The biggest one that comes to mind is the Cleveland Browns, but Sherman is said to only want to go to a Super Bowl contender, so that could keep them out of the fold. (The Browns are getting better though and building a defense like one that could resemble Seattle’s in a couple years.) One that does keep coming to mind is the Tennessee Titans, who have two first round picks, lots of cap space, a huge need at cornerback, and look like the favorites in the AFC South thanks to quarterback Marcus Mariota. I’m not sure if they have a current “very good player” to offer, as their offensive line has no depth, but that may be a likely destination, or at least a team worth talking to for awhile.
And nobody’s masking the fact that the Seahawks are talking.