On the heels of some rather despondent social media posts by a couple of Seattle Seahawks defensive backs, we’re getting word that Richard Sherman has told his teammates he won’t be with them in 2018.
#Seahawks CB Richard Sherman has told teammates goodbye over the past 24 hours, sources say, and that he won’t be on the team. Those close to him say nothing is set in stone and there has been no official word. But clearly bears watching.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2018
Additionally, Tom Pelissero reports Sherman is set to meet with the Seahawks Wednesday to discuss his future.
#Seahawks star Richard Sherman is scheduled to meet with coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider later today to discuss his future, I'm told.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 7, 2018
For what it’s worth, Sherman reportedly isn’t sure what’s going on.
#Seahawks CB Richard Sherman just text me, "I'm good. Not sure what that's about…Haven't been told anything," in reference to Jeremy Lane's tweet.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 7, 2018
The Seahawks will save $11 million against the cap by releasing Sherman, which seems to be the only course of action available to them at this time. Sherman recently had another surgery on his Achilles injury, and last week Pete Carroll said he expected Sherman to be ready for training camp. While Sherman has been reportedly dangled as trade bait, he couldn’t be traded at this time as he would not pass a physical.
The former fifth-round pick out of Stanford has had an incredible run with Seattle, if his time is done. Since 2011, he’s posted 368 combined tackles, one sack, 32 interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. He’s made four Pro Bowls and three First-Team All-Pro squads, helping Seattle win a Super Bowl along the way.