The Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks rollercoaster ‘trade talk’ circus now has a new twist.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adams Schefter, Sherman initiated the trade talks, and the Seahawks simply went with it.
“It has been my understanding all along that Richard Sherman was the one who initiated this,” Schefter said during an appearance on SportsCenter. “He was the one that wanted to be traded initially. The Seahawks were obliging him and his request.”
There has been plenty of buzz around the story of Sherman possibly being traded. It started with both general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, inquiring about a trade. Then a report came out Thursday from ESPN, citing an NFL source, saying the Seahawks were also initiating some calls.
If Sherman did indeed ask to be traded, he has done everything to make sure no one knows.
“I just laugh it off, man,” Sherman said last month when asked about the trade chatter. “It’s funny to me. But sometimes people need to see you gone to realize what you had. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. But I don’t let things like that bother me. The chips will fall how they’re supposed to.”
It all comes after a tumultuous 2016 season for Sherman in Seattle. Sherman lashed out at defensive coordinator Kris Richard, after the defense gave up a big play during an October game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Then against the Los Angeles Rams in December, Sherman got upset at coaches after a failed Seahawks pass attempt from the 1-yard line. It harkened back to the Super Bowl XLIX loss in which Russell Wilson was intercepted at the 1-yard line, ending the game.
Sherman also got into a verbal altercation with a member of the media during a press conference last December. He threatened to have the reporters credentials revoked. Sherman said he would no longer take part in his weekly press conference, but he did return for the final week.
Sherman has two years left on his contract. His cap hit will be $13.6 million in 2017 and $13.2 million in 2018. That salary, plus the very good young player and a high pick in the draft the Seahawks reportedly want in exchange for him will make Sherman hard to move.