On Wednesday, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll didn’t slam the door on a report that Richard Sherman could be traded if the price was right. Though, he did stop short of saying it’s something that will likely happen.
“Teams have called about Richard Sherman. Seahawks are open to all possibilities, but Carroll said Sherman is an important part of the team and he doesn’t anticipate the cornerback being moved,” wrote Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.
This is a clear message to other teams: Give us a huge offer, and you might land one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
We’ve gone over a few reasons why the Seahawks should entertain these potential trade offers, which you can read about here. Though he’s still one of the top cover men in the business, it’s worth pointing out that Sherman could potentially be on the decline very soon. It’s hard to know if his MCL injury was the reason for this, or if it was because Earl Thomas wasn’t in the lineup, but Sherman struggled against Julio Jones in the playoffs.
That said, he still put up tremendous numbers once again in 2016, intercepting four passes and 13 defended passes. For his career, Sherman has racked up 30 interceptions and 97 defended passes in six years. He’s set to earn a base salary of $11.43 million and count $13.63 million against the cap in 2017.