For anyone who still thought the discussions about the Seatte Seahawks being open to trading the cornerback Richard Sherman was nothing but a media cock-and-bull story, but the franchise general manager John Schneider made it clear that it’s not.
“What you’ve seen lately in the news is real,” Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider told the “Brock and Salk” in an interview that aired on Wednesday. “That’s on both sides.”
John Schneider — who was previously a front office executive for the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, and the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 — and his wife Traci made their annual trip to the 710 ESPN Seattle studios recently to discuss their philanthropic work with Ben’s Fund, a charity that provides support to families with autistic children.
When asked about the Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman current situation during their discussion with “Brock and Salk,” Schneider was again transparent on the business, just as he and the franchise head coach Pete Carroll were at the NFL owners’ meetings last week when they acknowledged that the franchise have listened to other teams interested in landing the cornerback.
Schneider’s opinion about the Richard Sherman discussion being “real” came in the context of a question regarding the team’s relationship with him after his tumultuous 2016 NFL season.
“I think we’re a very unique organization in that regard. We have a great relationship with a lot of our players,” John Schneider said.” There’s very much an openness. What you’ve seen lately in the news is real. That’s on both sides. It’s just open communication. He knows what’s going on. We know what’s going on. I don’t know if anything would ever happen, but like I tell people all the time, 98 percent of the deals that we’re involved with, we don’t follow through with. But at least we’ve opened that door, gone down the road and seen what’s behind Door A or Door B.”
Like Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did last week, John Schneider left the impression that a trade isn’t necessarily likely but made it clear that it is something the Seattle Seahawks have already been chewed over. And the franchise have been open with Richard Sherman about that.
John Schneider was asked if the lines of communication with Richard Sherman are open on this matter:
“Absolutely! This isn’t a secret like this just came out of nowhere. People find things out and we’re not going to lie to each other and we’re not going to BS each other. It’s going to be all laid out, and like I said, that doesn’t happen everywhere. We have open lines of communication between our coaching staff and our player personnel staff. It goes through player development, it goes through our sports science group. There’s a lot going on there.”
The Seattle Seahawks are listening to trade offers for star cornerback Richard Sherman, but the defensive end Michael Bennett said he thinks the Pro Bowl cornerback isn’t going to any other team.
“I can’t see him leaving,” Michael Bennett said Saturday during an interview on ESPN’s SportCenter. “I think he’s a great player, and I don’t think that we would ever trade him.”
Richard Sherman, 29-year-old, has been named to the All-Pro first team three times. Sherman played in all 16 games despite the knee injury and he has never missed a game during his first six years in the NFL. Sherman’s 30 interceptions since entering the NFL dating back in 2011 are the most in the league.