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Rumors around Richard Sherman are heating up, but he denies the reports

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Richard Sherman requested the Seattle Seahawks to explore trading him last year and they obliged, but John Schneider and Pete Carroll were unable to find a partner offering the return they wanted. Sherman played in nine games for the Seahawks in 2017 before tearing his Achilles, the first significant injury of his career, and went on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Now many are reporting that Sherman is going back on the hunt for a new home, and that it sounds like Seattle will be able to grant him his request for a new team and fresh start.

The rumors started publicly when Jeremy Lane sent this cryptic tweet regarding “25”

Then Kam Chancellor followed with a message for Sherman on Instagram

“Chancellor of Operations” Thanks for the name @rsherman25

A post shared by Kameron Chancellor (@bambamkam) on

However, that is of course not the end of the story, and at least one reporter is saying that Sherman told her directly that he is “not sure what that’s about.”

The team also has nothing to say

And

But Sherman’s mom is siding with the people who say he is leaving the team:

Sherman has a cap hit of $13.2 million in 2018 and the Seahawks will save $11 million of that by trading or releasing him. They also don’t have any day two picks, so any trade would likely be to a team willing to help Seattle recoup their losses in that area. His trade “value” is different depending on who you ask, but I’d say Sherman is still a top corner with years left to give. We can’t say for sure how he’ll return from injury, but past cornerbacks of his caliber have enjoyed plenty of success after 30, as I wrote last month.

Sherman turns 30 on the 30th of this month.