Ironically, Howe's report comes the same day that Seahawks GM John Schenider said in an interview on an ESPN radio station in Seattle that the team has had discussions with other teams regarding a trade for the talented, but very outspoken Sherman.
It makes sense. What player wouldn't want to play for a team that is in the playoffs pretty much every year, and is a favorite to win the Super Bowl pretty much every year. Though if Butler departs, that could change. Sherman also averaged 7.7 coverage snaps per target, which was good to rank eighth.
Richard Sherman is officially available for a trade. "This is a new chip Richard is going to use". "I think he's a great player, and I don't think that we would ever trade him".
But, he added, that doesn't mean those conversations are going to amount to anything.
Sherman has spent his entire career with the Seahawks. So let's explore the factors for and against it.
Still the best corner in the game.
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It's not that they would trade him this offseason. It's unclear how extensive those trade talks were, and New England wound up signing former Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a four-year, $65 million contract shortly after free agency opened. If they do, and the Patriots don't match it, the Saints could get Butler - but they would have to give up their first-round pick for him. It does seem like he's well-liked in the locker room and it's unfair to suggest Sherman has any 'character concerns, ' but we do know that Chris Ballard is extremely cautious about what messages he sends to players and what type of guys he brings in to the locker room.
In either case, it would open up a corner spot for the Patriots. And they've been open with Sherman about that. If the Saints give up on pursuing Butler, it appears he will be staying in New England. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. Plus, they'd be trading one of their best players to the Patriots, one of their biggest competitors in recent years. If it does happen, my guess is Sherman ends up in the AFC.
"[Richard] doesn't want to leave behind that brotherhood", his brother Branton said.
"Like I tell people all the time, 98% of the deals that we're involved with, we don't follow through with", he said.
"I don't know if anything would ever happen". And there is no reason to believe they are doing or saying any of this behind his back.