There’s little reason to think that the Seattle Seahawks released Richard Sherman strictly for performance, because Sherman was obviously still playing at a high level last season. Instead, it was logical to assume that the Seahawks released Sherman because he was turning 30, coming off of a torn Achilles, and may not be able to stay as healthy as you’d prefer a player to be when he’s got a 10-figure salary.
If you think Seattle would still like the player that Sherman is, you’d be right. He played at a high level over the San Francisco 49ers first two games of the season. If you think Seattle did the smart thing by moving on from Sherman for potential health concerns, you may also be right. Sherman injured his calf on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs and it appears he’ll be out for at least a few weeks.
Relatively good news for #49ers CB Richard Sherman: He has a mild calf strain, I’m told. Out for a few weeks.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 24, 2018
Though he was banged up in the 2014 playoffs, Sherman had never missed a single game over the first six years of his career. En total, Sherman has been a near perfect picture of health. Then after nine starts last season, he tore his Achilles and went on injured reserve. A crack in the armor had the Seahawks a little wary perhaps of testing the armor again, so they released him, a move hated by many fans. It was even more hated after Seattle struggled at RCB to open this season while Sherman shined for San Francisco, but Sunday’s news of Sherman exiting the game against the Chiefs made it a little more understandable that not all moves are based on talent.
There are cost considerations and considerations of how many snaps that player can play.
I think we all hope for Sherman to make a quick recovery and to not get injured again — even though we also probably hope that he comes back and plays poorly. At least against the Seahawks in their two December meetings.
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