The Seattle Seahawks set the NFL rumor wire on fire when reports came out that the team would potentially consider trading Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman. For Sherman to actually get moved from Seattle, the deal would have to blow the Seahawks away.
It seems somewhat unlikely to happen simply because a team would have to give up their future to land the soon-to-be 29-year-old defensive back, but there’s still a chance it happens. So the question becomes, what would it take for the Seahawks actually to move Sherman?
The answer? Probably not as much as you think.
The first report on the Seahawks” interest in the potential move came from former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi, who explained the reasoning behind it on “The Ringer NFL Show.” “I truly believe, based on what I hear around the National Football League, that the Seahawks would in fact, for the right deal, trade Richard Sherman,” Lombardi said.
The “Legion of Boom” includes a few key playmakers, but what would it look like without their star? Well, the defensive scheme obviously works better with a star like Sherman, but they can still be successful without him.
Additionally, the Seahawks aren’t exactly swimming in salary cap space ($13.49 million per Over The Cap ), and they owe Sherman $11.4 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018. The numbers are high but aren’t nearly as high as what many other players are making.
After Rams CB Trumaine Johnson, who’s on the franchise tag and looking at just over $16.7 million this season, the Redskins’ Josh Norman is making $15 million per year, Patrick Peterson makes $14 million per year and Stephon Gilmore $13 million. While Sherman’s average over the entire length of his contract was $14 million, the price tag isn’t necessarily one that opposing teams would turn their nose up at.
If someone comes in and offers up a first-round pick and a player who fills a hole for the Seahawks, Seattle will definitely consider it. It’s basically a reverse of the what this team did when they acquired tight end Jimmy Graham, giving up a first-round pick and center Max Unger.
Now, the Seahawks could get more than that for Sherman, and if they didn’t want to take on any cap space, they could accept a first- and third-round pick for him.
So, in short, it seems that for the potential deal to happen, it would involve a package of draft picks or a draft pick and a strong, inexpensive player who can fill a hole for the Seahawks.
An offensive lineman would be a great addition as that’s an area that needs. Aside from that, the Seahawks have a ton of talent on both sides of the ball, so they wouldn’t rush to make a decision and give up Sherman for little-to-nothing.
The trade still seems unlikely at this point, but there’s plenty of time left in the offseason, so don’t throw in the towel on it happening before the 2017 season gets underway.