Richard Sherman’s future with the Seattle Seahawks is up in the air, so here are five teams who could make a trade for him this offseason.
Basically a year ago at this time, rumors surfaced regarding the Seattle Seahawks being willing to trade cornerback Richard Sherman. A deal did not happen, but now Sherman is another year older, coming off a torn right Achilles and set to make $11 million (with a $13.2 million salary cap hit) in 2018.
The Seahawks are set to clean house this offseason. Pete Carroll has overhauled his coaching staff, and the defensive side of the ball is set for similar turnover very soon. Safety Earl Thomas has hinted at a holdout without a contract extension heading into the final year of his contract, and Sherman is also going into the final year of his own deal.
Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst.com has reported the Seahawks may dangle Thomas and Sherman at the scouting combine. Since they’re up against the salary cap right now, with just $13.4 million in space, moving one or both members of the “Legion of Boom” has to be on the table. Thomas is set to make less than Sherman this year ($8.5 million), and he’s definitely the more appealing player for other teams.
But shifting back toward Sherman, these five teams could consider making a trade for him.
5. New England Patriots
The Patriots are set to lose Malcolm Butler in free agency. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald has already pointed to two big-name veteran corners, Sherman and Aqib Talib, as potential options to fill the void.
Talib is a possible cap casualty for the Denver Broncos, or they could find a trade partner. As Sherman recovers from his torn Achilles trade possibilities would open up, but there is the possibility the Seahawks will just choose to release him.
Sherman would probably like to land with a Super Bowl contender if he’s now longer a Seahawk. The Patriots are obviously that until further notice, but Bill Belichick may see a declining player and the kind of outspoken personality he wouldn’t want.