Before turning to cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the reigning Super Bowl champions New England Patriots reportedly had their interests set on another bigmen Pro Bowler.
The New England Patriots inquired regarding trading for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman before free agency period officially began and defending champs inked contract deal with Gilmore instead, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, citing a league source with knowledge of the matter.
The Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Wednesday that a few number of professional American football teams had called about trading for cornerback Richard Sherman. Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said on Tuesday that the franchise will be listening to any offer from prospect teams.
“I don’t see anything happening at all,” Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said, though.
After landing the longtime Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, it seems unlikely the New England Patriots would deal for Richard Sherman. If the New England Patriots will trade Malcolm Butler, however, then it could potentially re-open the possibility.
The All Pro star is entering the third year of his four-year contract with the Seahawks, $57.4 million contract extension deal he inked back in 2014. Therefore, Sherman’s salary cap hits for the 2017 and 2018 NFL seasons are at $13.6 and $13.2 million, respectively. As for comparison, Stephon Gilmore’s combined cap hits over the next couple of years are $5.6 million lower than what the former would have cost on a non-reworked contract deal.
It unquestionably would have been interesting to see the four-time Pro Bowler Richard Sherman on the New England Patriots given his history with the club. Sherman famously mocked New England Patriots’ future Hall of Famer star quarterback Tom Brady with a “U MAD?” meme after a 2012 NFL game.
Sherman’s Seattle Seahawks later lost to the New England Patriots in the league’s Super Bowl XLIX, but the cornerback stood up for Tom Brady’s side in the Deflategate controversy.