Since breaking onto the scene in 2011, Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL year after year.
With 332 total tackles (254 solo), 30 interceptions and 92 passes defensed through 96 career games, Sherman is coming off of a 2016 season in which he recorded 58 total tackles (38 solo, 20 assisted), four interceptions and 13 passes defensed.
Additionally, he’s been one of the most outspoken, vocal leaders on the acclaimed “Legion of Boom”.
That’s why when the four-time Pro Bowler and three-time First Team All-Pro selection’s name came up in trade rumors earlier in the offseason, it was a tad bit confusing.
Why would he or the organization want their marriage to end?
After weeks and weeks of everyone hypothesizing, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll publicly noted that the possibility that the team trades Sherman is pretty much zero. But, it’s not because Seattle wouldn’t trade him if the right offer existed and there were, in fact, conversations that took place about the former Stanford standout.
“People can always call you, and there were some people, there were some conversations. I don't think they're going to change. I don't think anybody's going to offer us anything that would make it worthwhile, because there's no draft involved and all that kind of stuff,” Carroll said on KIRO-AM in Seattle via ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. “But that's always out there. There's always opportunities to trade.”
He continued, ”But the likelihood is like zero percent, it seems like. Teams don't want to give up stuff. They don't want to trade at times like this, and it's really hard to navigate through a trade with experienced players during draft time. It just doesn't happen very often."
The Seahawks likely wanted a huge package in return for the 29-year-old. That might be one of the many reasons, along with money-related problems, that could have prevented a possible deal.
Most importantly, despite the trade talks, both the coach and his player do not seem to have a strained relationship.
"Everybody on our team is available to somebody that wants to come get them if they want to trade for them," Carroll said. "We don't want to trade guys. We want to keep our guys. But we have to in an effort to always work to be better and help our team. We've got to listen and all that. So we went through that process. There was very open conversation about that. There was no animosity at all."
While it remains a possibility that Sherman gets dealt if a team offers a deal that Seattle can’t turn down, it seems much more realistic to think that he will be spending all of 2017 in a Seahawks uniform.
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