Richard Sherman initiated own trade talks, Seahawks obliged

At a time of year when most National Football League front offices are tight-lipped about their intentions, the Seattle Seahawks have breathed a refreshing air of honesty into the proceedings regarding the trade rumors surrounding cornerback Richard Sherman. That's what a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Friday. "The Seahawks were obliging him and his request", Schefter said. His older brother, Branton however, told NFL.com that Sherman did not want to be traded and "leave behind the brotherhood".

Richard Sherman, who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, is scheduled to pocket guaranteed salaries of $11.4 million and $11 million, respectively, in the final two years of his contract.

Conversely, it might help explain some of Sherman's behavior over the past year.

But still...it's April, and football reporters gotta talk about something, right?

It's widely believed that a deal is unlikely to get done, but that's not going to stop the talks from happening. He remains arguably the game's premier corner, even shedding the label of a guy who only plays on the left side last season, traveling, and succeeding, against some of the game's more dominant No. 1 wideouts.

But he also wouldn't be the first player who at some point decided he just wanted a change of scenery. By all accounts Sherman is working the same in the off-season as he always has. "So I am anxious to see him come back".

The Seattle Seahawks want a lot in return for its All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.

  • Julie Sanders