Richard Sherman Reportedly Asked Seahawks To Trade Him

The Seahawks will likely demand a first round draft pick, and possibly another player, or more picks, in the draft.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and Sherman have acknowledged a trade could happen. Something like a pair of second round picks or a first round pick and a third round pick; something of that nature. This NFL draft is loaded with talent at cornerback and safety, and the Seahawks could potentially use any pick they net in a Sherman deal, as well as the first rounder they already have, to draft some promising young corners.

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But next year? Sherman's so-called "dead money", the cost against the cap should the Seahawks cut him loose, goes from $15.8 million to $2.2 million, and his scheduled base pay of $11 million is not guaranteed. However, a recent report from ESPN Insider Adam Schefter flip-flopped on the idea that the Seahawks were the ones initiating the trade and instead insist that Sherman requested his own trade. Should the Jaguars try and piece together a trade offer for Sherman?

This would fly in the face of other statements on this topic, including from Sherman's brother, Branton, who said Sherman "doesn't want to leave the brotherhood" in Seattle. Sherman's ability, and contract, aren't the issue at all. One: Shermans' play begins to decline in 2017, and the Seahawks are unable to get a team to agree to their asking price. Sherman is a four-time Pro Bowler and a three-time first-team All-Pro, and he's been terrific during his six seasons in Seattle.

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The Steelers don't acquire players for high draft picks (biggest acquisition since 2000: CB Brandon Boykin in 2015 for a 2016 5th round pick), which leaves the Cowboys as potential suitors. Fourth is the fit with the team, and on this matter perhaps especially pertinent is the fit in the locker room. They have a need on the offensive line (specifically at tackle), are always looking for additional pass-rush and poked around the wide receiver market in free agency. To that end, Sherman is one of their most valuable assets. That's the question we asked our readers on Wednesday, and you made it clear that the majority opinion among fans is that the Colts should not pursue the trade.

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