“I wouldn’t want to leave this city and my guys,” the 29-year-old defensive back Rickard Sherman said in a statement to Seattle’s 710 ESPN on Thursday, “but I understand it’s a business and organizational philosophies change.”
That’s a shift from Rickard Sherman’s opinion a week ago, when he stated that the NFL trade rumors — which halted from an aside made by ex-NFL executive Michael Lombardi during an episode of The Ringer’s NFL podcast — struck him as comical.
“I just laugh it off, man,” Richard Sherman told the ESPN’s “First Take.” “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.”
Richard Sherman’s latest remarks also came after Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and the team head coach Pete Carroll abstain from nullifying the rumors during the National Football League (NFL) annual meeting in Phoenix earlier this week.
“We listen to everything. We’re in a lot of stuff. We try to pride ourselves on that,” Seahawks GM John Schneider said when asked regarding the supposed trade discussions.
“I think I’ve told you guys before we walk away from probably 98 percent of the deals that we’re involved with or talking about, but at least we know that we’ve knocked down the door and gone in there and checked it out,” he added.
Meanwhile, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll confirmed that other franchises approached the Seattle about a trade deal for the four-time Pro Bowler. Earlier this week, we reported that the New England Patriots inquired about Richard Sherman’s availability on the trading block before they inked unrestricted free agent Stephon Gilmore.
The 2016 NFL season was an anarchic one for Richard Sherman. He played well, appearing in every contest on the season despite dealing with a knee injury.