Sherman missed last week's conditioning sessions, but in returning for workouts despite not being required to, he's shown his openness to move forward with the Seahawks. On that front, general manager John Schneider has pretty much ended trade speculation surrounding Sherman, even though both parties acknowledged entertaining interest around the league earlier this offseason. After no team was willing to match Seattle's demands, however, that situation has seemingly been put in the past, clearing the way for Sherman to focus on preparing for the upcoming season as he normally would.
As suggested by Sherman himself earlier in the month, it's unlikely any team will be willing to meet Seattle's asking price. The team understandably wants an impressive haul in exchange for its 29-year-old cornerback, as his upcoming base salaries of $11.431 million (2017) and $11 million (2018) are more than reasonable for a player of his caliber. Trade talks may be shut down if nothing happens before the draft.
Sherman (knee) said there is very little chance he is traded, MMQB's Albert Breer reports. "Very little chance it happens, but both sides are listening," said Sherman. "I honestly don't have much more to say about it than what I've already said. We have a great relationship. ... There is a lot of love and respect. There is no bad blood."
Sherman and Seahawks general manager John Schneider have both been open with each other and the media about the ongoing trade discussion. The team doesn't feel a pressing need to trade its star cornerback, but there is a willingness to do so if another franchise is willing to pay a steep price. Both Schneider and the 29-year-old cornerback have hinted that it's unlikely the Seahawks will get an offer strong enough to push the deal through.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider confirmed that the team has discussed trading Sherman (knee), ESPN.com's Sheil Kapadia reports. "What you've seen lately in the news is real," Schneider said on the "Brock and Salk" show on 710 ESPN Seattle. "That's on both sides. It's just open communication. He knows what's going on. We know what's going on.
Schneider said his star cornerback knows about the trade discussions, which began in February at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Sherman continued to play at a high level while battling through an MCL injury during the second half of last season, but a pair of heated sideline arguments with coaches -- in addition to his hefty contract -- may have planted the seed for Seattle to explore a trade. The team is probably demanding at least one early-round pick and/or significant player compensation, as Sherman's fully-guaranteed 2017 base salary of $11.431 million is actually quite reasonable for a player of his caliber. Trading away the 29-year-old cornerback would pave the way for Seattle to upgrade its beleaguered offensive line, but head coach Pete Carroll suggested it's still a long shot, which makes sense when considering that Seattle's cornerback group is otherwise pedestrian.
According to coach Pete Carroll,
Sherman was regularly given days off from practice over the past couple months, which, in hindsight, could've been related to his knee problem. While Carroll revealed Sherman carried an MCL injury, he didn't reveal the exact nature of the ailment or how it would be treated this offseason. Regardless of his injury, Sherman didn't miss a game this season, finishing with 58 tackles, 13 pass deflections, and four interceptions.
|P4||8/31/17||@ OAK||10:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ TEN||4:05 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|10||11/9/17||@ ARI||8:25 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
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