While the Seattle Seahawks have confirmed they are available to field calls on cornerback Richard Sherman, the team also initiated trade talks during the process, a source has told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The talks have ranged from fact-finding to more serious discussions, but the Seahawks are engaged in talks over the Pro Bowl cornerback.
According to Fowler, any team hoping to land Sherman, will likely have to give up a high draft pick.
General manager John Schneider confirmed Wednesday that the Seahawks have discussed trading Sherman.
“What you’ve seen lately in the news is real,” Schneider said on the “Brock and Salk” show on 710 ESPN Seattle. “That’s on both sides. It’s just open communication. He knows what’s going on. We know what’s going on.
When asked by MMQB.com’s Albert Breer his thoughts on the trade talks, Sherman didn’t appear to believe he’d be going anywhere.
“Very little chance it happens, but both sides are listening, he said. “I honestly don’t have much more to say about it than what I’ve already said. We have a great relationship. … There is a lot of love and respect. There is no bad blood.”
Asked whether the Seahawks are sending him a message by publicly discussing the possibility of a trade, Sherman told Breer: “Not at all. I’m not in the least bit concerned about that.”
Sherman, 29, had two sideline blowups last season that were directed at coaches. The first involved defensive coordinator Kris Richard after the defense gave up a big play in Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons.
In Week 15, when the Seahawks attempted a pass play from the Los Angeles Rams’ 1-yard line, Sherman went off on Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Afterward, Sherman did not back down, referencing the team’s Super Bowl XLIX loss in which Russell Wilson was intercepted in a similar situation.
Sherman has two years remaining on his contract. He is due $11.431 million guaranteed in 2017 and $11 million in 2018. Sherman has never missed a game in his six-year NFL career and has made the Pro Bowl four seasons in a row.