Richard Sherman Trade Rumors: Seahawks Reportedly Open to Dealing Star CB

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Richard Sherman has thrived as a centerpiece of the Seattle Seahawks' secondary for the past six seasons, but the franchise could reportedly part ways with the three-time All-Pro if the right offer comes along. 

On the most recent episode of The Ringer's NFL Show, Michael Lombardi disclosed the Seahawks could entertain the idea of moving Sherman.

"I truly believe based on what I hear around the National Football League that the Seahawks would, in fact for the right dealtrade Richard Sherman."

Benjamin Allbright of 104.7 FM in Denver reported the Seahawks are not trying to trade Sherman but are willing to listen to offers.

Previously signed to a four-year, $56 million contract, Sherman is owed base salaries of $11.4 million this season and $11 million in 2018 before he becomes a free agent in the spring of 2019. 

Those are steep numbers, but Sherman has proved worth the investment as he's remained effective into his late 20s. 

Specifically, the 28-year-old Sherman—who has never missed a regular-season game since debuting in 2011—recorded a league-best "14.9 snaps in coverage per reception allowed" among cornerbacks last season, per Pro Football Focus' Matt Claassen

From a macro standpoint, Sherman leads the NFL with 30 interceptions dating back to 2011. Reggie Nelson ranks second on that list with 26 picks over the last six seasons. 

Based on those stats and the leadership Sherman has provided in the Pacific Northwest, it's hard to imagine the Seahawks would dump him for anything less than a sizable haul. 

And based on Lombardi's initial report, Seattle will likely hold out for a king's ransom if it's faced with the proposition of a Sherman deal as the offseason progresses. 

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