Focus beyond all the headlines and amateur psychology filling a dead week in the NFL calendar, and star cornerback Richard Sherman’s future seems a lot clearer.
Unless somebody blows away the Seattle Seahawks with the type of offer they can’t refuse, Sherman isn’t going anywhere. And now that emotions have died down and some of the issues when this started months ago have been addressed, everybody involved would be fine with that.
The story blew up last week after Seahawks general manager John Schneider spoke about trade talks in a series of radio interviews. Schneider wasn’t out stumping for somebody to make him an offer – he was promoting he and his wife Traci’s charity, Ben’s Fund, which provides financial assistance to families of children with autism.
The Seahawks could be open about the situation because Sherman, 29, was in the loop the whole time. But Sherman in all likelihood has enjoyed the drip, drip, drip of information and speculation. He’s the center of attention, and that’s good for the Sherman brand.
The Seahawks want a lot to part with Sherman, as they should. I’ve heard it might take something like first- and third-round picks – in the neighborhood of what Seattle traded for receiver Percy Harvin and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave up for Darrelle Revis in 2013 – to get a deal done. And there’s no reason to believe as of now that price tag is going to plummet.
The situation has always lacked a pressure point. Regardless of whether he asked the Seahawks to explore a trade – and I believe he did shortly after last season – Sherman is good with staying if that’s what happens. The Seahawks are good with him staying, too.
Things can change, of course. Sherman – an outspoken advocate within the NFL Players Association for cutting agent fees in recent years who is currently serving as his own agent – could threaten a holdout or otherwise force the issue. But I don’t see that happening either.
Barring that blow-away type of offer, the only upshot here likely will be a story line that got people talking in early April and a little more scrutiny on how everybody gets along in the year to come.