After an offseason of rumors and speculation regarding his future with the only NFL team he has ever known, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he "would definitely like to retire a Seahawk" Wednesday.
The Tacoma News Tribune shared more of Sherman's comments on its YouTube page:
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times also passed along some of Sherman's more newsworthy quotes, including the cornerback's opinion "false rhetoric" follows Seattle. Condotta also noted Sherman said there isn't turmoil within the locker room—calling suggestions otherwise "complete jokes"—and added the Stanford product clarified he didn't ask for a trade.
Earlier in the offseason, Michael Lombardi of The Ringer's NFL Show said the Seahawks could entertain the possibility of trading Sherman for the right offer. Benjamin Allbright of Denver's 104.7 FM also said the team was at least willing to listen to potential offers.
The most noteworthy story surrounding the cornerback this offseason came from Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com. The report suggested Sherman hasn't gotten over Seattle's 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, has placed some of the blame for a lack of multiple championships on quarterback Russell Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll, and has a sometimes tense relationship with the signal-caller.
Sherman called the report "a bunch of nonsense from 'anonymous' sources," on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Even with plenty of drama and off-field storylines, Sherman made it clear he doesn't want to leave the team that drafted him in the fifth round in 2011. All he has done is perform with four Pro Bowl performances, three appearances on the First Team All-Pro and 30 interceptions in six seasons, and he has never missed a game.
If he continues to perform at such a high level, Seahawks fans would likely be thrilled with Sherman playing the rest of his career in the Pacific Northwest.