Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was the subject of constant trade rumors earlier this offseason, but the team ultimately did not find a deal to its liking and decided to hang onto him. Sherman, talking to ESPN.com, says the talks were blown somewhat out of proportion. He also said that, contrary to reports, he did not out of Seattle.
"It's just a conversation they have every year," Sherman said. "I guess this year, more people knew about it. It's a conversation they have every year -- everybody's open, everybody's available. They just made sure I knew, and you guys found out. Pretty open about it. It was never a situation where anybody asked for it. It was just a conversation."
That actually aligns pretty well with how things went down. The Seahawksthat they were engaged in discussions about Sherman , but check out what general manager John Schneider said in April:
"I think we're a very unique organization in that regard. We have a great relationship with a lot of our players. There's very much an openness. ... It's just open communication. He knows what's going on. We know what's going on. I don't know if anything would ever happen, but like I tell people all the time, 98 percent of the deals that we're involved with, we don't follow through with. But at least we've opened that door, gone down the road and seen what's behind Door A or Door B."
That's basically the same thing Sherman said this week. He also acknowledged that he would've understood if the Seahawks did wind up dealing him.
"Because they are always open to possibilities, to hear what people have to say," Sherman said. "If somebody comes with two first-rounders, I wouldn't blame them in the least, you know? I wouldn't blame them at all. It'd be another crazy trade. Who was it that got traded like that? Herschel Walker or something like that? But it's just conversation. I think we have a fantastic relationship and always have. And it's always been transparent to have those communications and not have them in a rude or discourteous way, but just professionally."
Of course, Sherman also addressed the alleged rift between himself and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, which an ESPN.com report stated has been growing since even before Wilson was intercepted by Malcolm Butler late in Super Bowl XLIX.
"It's fantastic," Sherman said of his relationship with Wilson. "We're teammates. It's like a family. It's like everyone else in a family. We fight for one another, just like I'm fighting for the other 52 guys out there; I'm fighting for him, and he's fighting for us. We have a great appreciation for how tough our quarterback is and what he has played through. Last year, he played through a number of injuries, and he's not doing that just because, 'Ah man, I've got to go out there and it's a job.' He's doing that for the guys next to him, and we appreciate that, and we think he is a great quarterback."