John Schneider: 'Odds are' Richard Sherman stays with Seahawks
Seahawks general manager John Schneider once again confirmed the team's offseason efforts to trade three-time first-team All-Pro Richard Sherman, but said "odds are" Sherman will return for the 2017 season.
Speaking on 710 ESPN Seattle Thursday evening from the annual Ben's Fun charity event Schneider hosts with wife Traci, the 45-year-old GM downplayed the likelihood of a Sherman trade, which has become the preeminent offseason storyline for Seattle.
"Right now I don't think the odds (of a trade) are very good," Schneider said. "But if somebody comes cruising along and something happens and we do something, it happens."
Schneider declined to specify who first initiated the trade talks, saying "we have this dialogue with guys all the time," but he did provide some information as to why the team might be looking to move on from one of its best players.
"I just think that the only reason we would do it is to basically create some cap room and try to become a younger football team," Schneider said. "But that's one option."
The possibility of shipping Sherman away after a turbulent 2016 season was first mentioned by former NFL executive Michael Lombardi in a March 16 episode of The Ringer's NFL podcast. Trade talks were then confirmed by Schneider and Seattle head coach Pete Carroll at the league's annual meetings later that month.
The Seahawks were originally believed to have initiated the talks, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the 29-year-old Sherman approached the team about finding him a new home after a season when his on-field production was overshadowed by a couple of ugly incidents on the sideline.
Sherman had to be restrained by teammates after he went after defensive coordinator Kris Richard following a couple of communication errors in the third quarter of Seattle's Week 6 win over the Atlanta Falcons. In Seattle's Week 15 victory over Los Angeles, Sherman took his frustrations out on offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after Bevell called a pass play from the 1-yard line that was nearly intercepted by the Rams. After another sideline yelling match with Bevell and Carroll, Sherman publicly invoked the painful memory of the heartbreaking interception that cost Seattle a Super Bowl XLIX victory as the reason for his outburst.
A few days later, after Carroll assured reporters a contrite Sherman had smoothed things over with both Bevell and himself, a defiant Sherman was anything but apologetic in his weekly press conference, which he ended by threatening to ruin the career of 710 ESPN Seattle host and seattlepi.com columnist Jim Moore after he took exception to Moore's line of questioning. Sherman then declined to speak with most local media for the rest of the season.
"I think he would admit that he had a rough year, so he's looking for maybe a new spark," Schneider said Thursday. "He's either going to find that here in Seattle or he'll find it somewhere else, but odds are he's going to find it here."
A lightly-regarded fifth round pick out of Stanford in 2011, Sherman burst onto the scene with three consecutive All-Pro seasons starting in 2012. He has racked up 30 career interceptions and earned four straight Pro Bowl berths.
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