Richard Sherman’s time as a Seattle Seahawk is expected to come to an end today, according to sources.
Despite Sherman’s four Pro Bowl appearances and his status as the leader of the Seahawks’ defense, the move is not entirely unexpected. Sherman is coming off a ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered last November, an injury which forced him to miss the remainder of last season.
The Seahawks publicly acknowledged during the NFL offseason last year that they were open to trading Sherman.
Sherman, who will turn 30 at the end of the month, is in the final year of a four-year, $56-million contract extension. Though he has played his entire career in Seattle and has racked up more interceptions (32) in a seven-year span than anyone else in the NFL, there is no guarantee that Sherman can return to the player he was before his injury.
Seattle would save $11 million in cash and cap space by releasing or trading Sherman before June 1st. Considering the nature of his injury and the cost of his contract, it is unlikely that the Seahawks would find a willing trade partner by then.
Sherman rose to stardom as a key member of the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” defense that won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. That defense included Sherman, defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.
That group has largely been disbanded, however: Bennett was recently traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, Avril and Chancellor both suffered career-threatening injuries, and the Seahawks have announced that they are open to hearing trade offers for Thomas (currently on the mend from a broken leg that ended his season last year).
After years of internal struggle, the Seahawks appear to be quarterback Russell Wilson’s team for the foreseeable future.