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(CBS Sports)   One NFL insider thinks Richard Sherman is ripe for trading, leaving Seahawk fans confused as whether to constantly boo Sherman or the officials   ( cbssports.com) divider line
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2017-03-17 09:05:22 PM  
I was saying Boo-urns
 
2017-03-18 07:31:26 AM  
I'd take that more seriously if Earl Thomas was actually retiring instead of declaring he's returning for next season.
 
2017-03-18 09:55:41 AM  
"I think Seattle really thought twice about paying Richard Sherman. They felt they had to when they won the Super Bowl," Lombardi said. "Now their cap's kind of a mess and they need to fix it. So I think the reason they need to fix it is because they put all that money in the corner position in a defense where we feel like you can draft players to fit that scheme. Seattle did it, they've done it over and over again."

Lombardi is wrong on both counts. On the positive side, their cap situation is okay and they've been reasonably active in free agency. On the negative side, their post-Sherman track record of drafting and coaching up talented cornerbacks has been poor -- lots of long-armed, physical guys supposedly in the Sherman mold have come and gone (Tye Smith, Eric Pinkins, Mohammed Seisay, etc.) -- and many people are speculating that they need to dip into the talented cornerback pool early and often in the 2017 draft.

And while it's fair to say "the corner is really not the most important player in the scheme" (that honor belongs to the free safety), it's still pretty damn important.

Could they trade Sherman? Well, they've surprised me with splashy moves before. But they would require a hell of a lot of consideration. You can say every team would be willing to trade every player "for the right deal," and I suppose you can get away with it if you hedge it with a statement that "I'm not saying it's going to happen," as Lombardi did.
 
2017-03-18 12:30:56 PM  
Doesn't everybody constantly boo the officials anyway?
Except Patriots fans, of course.
 
2017-03-18 02:43:35 PM  

Super Chronic: "I think Seattle really thought twice about paying Richard Sherman. They felt they had to when they won the Super Bowl," Lombardi said. "Now their cap's kind of a mess and they need to fix it. So I think the reason they need to fix it is because they put all that money in the corner position in a defense where we feel like you can draft players to fit that scheme. Seattle did it, they've done it over and over again."

Lombardi is wrong on both counts. On the positive side, their cap situation is okay and they've been reasonably active in free agency. On the negative side, their post-Sherman track record of drafting and coaching up talented cornerbacks has been poor -- lots of long-armed, physical guys supposedly in the Sherman mold have come and gone (Tye Smith, Eric Pinkins, Mohammed Seisay, etc.) -- and many people are speculating that they need to dip into the talented cornerback pool early and often in the 2017 draft.

And while it's fair to say "the corner is really not the most important player in the scheme" (that honor belongs to the free safety), it's still pretty damn important.

Could they trade Sherman? Well, they've surprised me with splashy moves before. But they would require a hell of a lot of consideration. You can say every team would be willing to trade every player "for the right deal," and I suppose you can get away with it if you hedge it with a statement that "I'm not saying it's going to happen," as Lombardi did.


It really boils down to whether Anderson, Carroll & Co. think they can re-build the offensive line before Sherman loses a step.

Sherman relies a lot on a system, a pretty good system.  But as shown in the past couple of years, when there's a chink in the Seahawks defensive backfield armor, Sherman isn't as good as his contract.  They made the right call in signing him when they did, but bad moves and things not working out elsewhere puts the focus on areas like the need for Sherman (and his contract).

Sherman has two more years, and the years of being a brutal cap hit are in the rear-view mirror (still, $9.4m this year isn't chump change).

Things might be a little different if they didn't have to pay Graham that $10m this, and his last, year too.

And remember, Kam Chancellor's hand has been out for the past couple of years.  He's an UFA after this upcoming year, and the same age as Sherman.

Welcome to the business side of the National Football League.
 
2017-03-19 12:31:01 PM  
Caps a mess?  Not even close.  Tight sure, but still very flexible.
 
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