Is Richard Sherman on his way out of Seattle?


A pair of cryptic social media posts Wednesday morning suggested that Richard Sherman will soon be done as a member of the Seahawks.

But, so far, a move has yet to be made. Seattle’s options at this time are to trade, release or keep Sherman at a potentially lower salary.

Fellow cornerback Jeremy Lane tweeted: “That text message got my heart hurting … damn 25 was my Dawg. #WhatsNext.”

That text message got my heart hurting … damn 25 was my Dawg #WhatsNext

Safety Kam Chancellor posted a photo on Instagram of himself thanking Sherman for gifting him the nickname “Chancellor of Operations.” Sherman responded, “Very welcome my friend!”

“Chancellor of Operations” Thanks for the name @rsherman25

A post shared by Kameron Chancellor (@bambamkam) on Mar 7, 2018 at 10:20am PST

That led to speculation from mutliple national reporters that Sherman, entering the final year of his contract with the Seahawks, could potentially be on his way out. The 29-year-old cornerback is due $11 million in base salary this year and carries a cap hit of $13.2 million.

But several reports surfaced shortly afterward, citing conversations with Sherman himself, that nothing is imminent.

Gee Scott of KIRO-FM tweeted: “I just off the phone with (Sherman). He says ‘Nothing is official yet.'” Then after Sherman’s meeting with Seattle management, he again spoke with Scott, telling the radio host: “I’m not looking to be traded. I would prefer to start over if released.”

Josina Anderson of ESPN tweeted that Sherman was scheduled to have a phone conference with coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider on Monday to discuss his future, but he’s “not sure” what Lane’s tweet is about. Sherman told Anderson he hasn’t been told anything about his future right now.

Richard Sherman at CenturyLink Field before a game versus the Atlanta Falcons, Monday, November 20, 2017. Photo: GENNA MARTIN

Those reports came minutes after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Sherman has been saying his goodbyes to teammates over the past 24 hours. Again, there was nothing concrete, but Rapoport indicated Lane’s tweet is in response to Sherman’s farewell.

Seattle is expected to explore trade options for Sherman, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.


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Sherman is acting as his own agent. He told reporters in February that he plans to play “five, six more years, whether it’s here or somewhere else.”

Carroll gave a positive outlook on Sherman’s recovery from the ruptured Achilles he suffered in November and expressed confidence the cornerback will be on the field by training camp.

“He’s doing well,” Carroll said. “Just had second surgery on the other side, which was a much more minor surgery, just some clean up, but also with his Achilles. Very positive. He’s had a great process up ’til now. It’s a bit of a setback for a couple weeks, because he’s in the boot on the other leg. He is not slowing down, he’s working like crazy, he’s having a fantastic offseason, his mentality is good. He’s competing like crazy at it.”

Asked about fielding trade offers for Sherman, Carroll said: “John’s doing all the talking right now. This time of year we’re listening to everybody about everything.”

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