Sherman defined the most successful era in Seahawks history, but moving on is necessary for a team whose Legion of Boom years are in the rearview.
Richard Sherman transformed from fifth-round draft pick to bonafide superstar in seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Now he’ll have to prove he’s still one of the league’s best cornerbacks in a new city. The Seahawks informed the four-time All-Pro on Friday that they would be releasing him, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
It was made official in the afternoon with the team tweeting a statement to bid Sherman farewell:
The move has been expected for a while and reports started ramping up earlier this week, with teammates and even Sherman’s mom hinting about his exit on social media.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson provided some insight on their reasoning:
It also marks the official end of the Legion of Boom, the Seahawks’ group of defensive backs who have terrorized opposing quarterbacks since Sherman entered the league in 2011.
Through a combination of age, salary, and injuries, the Seattle defense is shedding loyal soldiers left and right this off-season. Sherman’s exit is the latest, but it might not be the last.
How did the relationship between Sherman and the Seahawks come to this?
Sherman’s tenure in Seattle ended on a sour note. The shutdown defender bid a tearful goodbye to the regular season after suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon in Week 10. Injuries decimated the Seahawks’ 2017, leading to a 9-7 campaign and the end of their five-year playoff streak.
He planned on playing this season as the final year of a four-year, $56 million contract inked back in 2015. However, signs Seattle was preparing to move on from the veteran cornerback manifested as early as last year, most notably when the team put him on its trading block during the offseason.
Sherman will now move to another franchise in need of a game-changing corner who talks a big game and then backs it up. Several teams have been linked to the former All-Pro whenever his name has come up as a possible trade target, and a handful of secondary-needy teams stand out in a rich field of suitors.
There’s still a slight chance Sherman returns to Seattle. The impasse between team and player revolved around the $13.2 million the club owed Sherman in 2018. Sherman, who recently underwent Achilles surgery, might have a hard time finding a new home willing to meet his asking price. If so, the Stanford grad could return to the Seahawks on a cheaper contract that reduces his cap hit and potentially retains him into 2019 or beyond.
They’ll have to do so while working with the seven-year veteran directly, however; Sherman is working as his own agent this offseason.
What does this mean for the Seahawks?
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SOURCE: SB Nation – Christian D’Andrea