The Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman probably isn’t going to be traded in to other National Football League (NFL) team. Just because another professional American football franchise make an inquires regarding his availability doesn’t mean that the All Pro cover guy is being dealt.
But seeing any NFL rumors around the 29-year-old cornerback is a clear-cut reminder of professional career in the league.
“I wouldn’t want to leave this city and my guys, but I understand it’s a business and organizational philosophies change,” the three-time All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said, per 710 AM in Seattle.
The NFL rumors got some validity when the Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that the club has received a number of calls inquiring on a possible trade for Richard Sherman. While the Seahawks head coach has indicated he doesn’t believe that Sherman will be moved, the wording of his statement doesn’t definitely close the door on the possibility of trading the cornerback.
“You either are competing or you are not,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said, per the Seattle Times.
“So we have always had to be open to every suggestion that comes along. There have been some teams that have called, and so we have talked about it. But he is extremely important to our football team. I don’t see anything happening at all. I don’t see anything happening with any of our players, just the banter that’s out there right now. But it has been talked about. He is a great player and he can impact a team. I can see why people would be interested in him.”
If the team head coach wanted to, then he could have ended all rumors swirling around the league with, “We have received calls but we have no interest at all in trading Richard Sherman.”
Pete Carroll isn’t as guarded with his words as most of the head coaches in the league, so it could be vicious to make a conclusion between the lines. But Richard Sherman, who has always been outspoken, had a couple sideline incidents in the most recent season.
The questions of Richard Sherman’s relationship with the Seattle Seahawks emerged after a sideline incident with defensive teammates and coordinator Kris Richard back in October in a massive win over the Atlanta Falcons. Then, during a victory against the Los Angeles Rams last December, Sherman confronted Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
The Sherman trade rumors originated with comments from the former NFL front-office executive Michael Lombard in a podcast on The Ringer. He said he believes that the Seahawks would be trading Sherman for the right offer.
“I wouldn’t want to leave this city and my guys, but I understand it’s a business and organizational philosophies change.”
It’s pretty hard to believe the Seattle would want to trade him, who is one of the best professional American football players and still in his prime. But should it happens, then Sherman said he’ll understand. That’s how it is in the league.