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You Can Stop Pining For Richard Sherman

The Seattle Seahawks have put All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman on the trade block. We all know who is in need of a top-flight cornerback. That’s right, the Green Bay Packers.

The team that finished 31st in the 32-team NFL in pass defense in 2016.

Well, you can stop pining for a trade that brings Sherman to Green Bay.

First, a lot of people have pointed out that Sherman isn’t really a good fit for the Packers’ defensive scheme. But let’s assume for a second (and this is admittedly a big assumption), that Dom Capers could adjust his scheme to work to Sherman’s strengths.

That is, after all, what good coordinators do — adapt to their personnel, putting them in positions to succeed.

The second thing I’d point out is, while Sherman is a nice cornerback, he most certainly has benefitted from playing with two amazing safeties in Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. We actually saw Sherman’s play dip when Thomas went down with a broken leg in 2016.

And hey, I’ve got news for you. Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are no Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, even in their wildest dreams.

So there’s that.

There’s also this, which would seem to put the final nail in this coffin. The Seahawks’ asking price for Sherman is a high draft pick and a “very good player.” Good luck prying those things from Big Ted’s cold, dead hands.

Oh, and one more thing. Whoever trades for Sherman gets to take on a cap hit greater than $13 million for the next two seasons.

The Packers have the cap room, but they’ll never do that. We guarantee you they’d rather use that money to extend Clinton-Dix or Davante Adams. They may even want to throw some of it at Aaron Rodgers.

That’s far too many things that fall into the “Things Ted Thompson Would Never Do” bucket.

Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!



  1. PF4L April 6, 2017

    A draft pick and a very good player….fine, Clay Mathews and a 1st round pick…DONE!! A) You got rid of a bloated non producing salary.

    B) What’s the risk giving up a Ted Thompson 1st round draft pick? We’ll miss out on the next Kenny Clark? The next 5 year project like Perry? The next Datone Jones? The next Damarious Randall? The next Derek Sherrod?……..Gee….couldn’t give that up could we?

    Listen Sally…Why don’t you wade in the shallow end of the pool, with all the other little girls who live to gossip. Instead of pretending you know wtf your talking about.

    We’ll all wait with bated breath for your next earth stopping article of Olivia Munn being spotted wearing a ring and speculating what it means.

    Better yet, quit so an actual Packer fan can take your spot. I’ll recomend Howard

    1. Kato April 6, 2017

      Agreed on every point. Too bad TT is suffering from CTE

  2. Ace April 6, 2017

    No way Sherman coming here. I think he’s a great player and would be awesome but no way packer staff could ‘control’ his mouth. Or pay him what he’s worth. I say he’s staying in Seattle.

  3. Abe Frohman April 6, 2017

    This is probably the long way ’round so that Schneider can talk Sherman into taking a pay cut. We couldn’t find a trade partner, your numbers are a little bit down, and you’re getting old.

  4. PF4L April 6, 2017

    Personally i think Sherman act’s like a total asshole cocksucker, and i really can’t stand him.

    But here’s the thing, he brings skills, especially when you compare him to what we have. another thing is, what were we paying shields 10 million? This guy is due 11.4 million, not much more. Hell, Nick Perry’s average salary is 11.8 a year. for one ok season?…laughable.

    The last two things are…..

    A) He’s only given up 12 TD passes in 6 seasons. B) He brings some attitude to a secondary that couldn’t be anymore vanilla.

    I can take him or leave him, but at least we’d be doing something. He sure as fuck is worth a Ted Thompson 1st round pick.

    But Ted wouldn’t do it because he couldn’t ride on 10 million in loose change under the cap to start the season.

    1. Kato April 6, 2017

      Even if he was a slightly above average corner, I would bite. Matthews isn’t worth go production, and we know that first round pick is going to be a waste.

  5. Ferris April 6, 2017

    Maybe Green Bay would have had Sherman if John Schneider was still there. Take a look at their drafts since 2010 when he took over in Seattle. Cam Chancellor round 5, Richard Sherman Round 5, KJ Wright round 4, Russell Wilson etc. etc. There are whiffs too, Chrissy Michael, now GBs problem. He did learn more picks is better from Ted though, the Seachickens drafts since he has been GM have more players drafted than previous years.

  6. Howard April 6, 2017

    Sherman is an asshole, he plays hurt, he will come up and tackle, he may get beat occasionally but he will also make you pay for trying him. Sherman is a football player who wants paid, but takes the game serious and will do what it takes to support his team and teammates. He wants to win at anything he is involved in. Sherman is just a hard nosed, no nonsense football player who makes players around him accountable and better football players.

    I don’t think the Seahawks would do anything with Sherman until they see what they get in the draft at corner. If the Seahawks want to get Sherman to reduce his contract they screwed up by already paying him a 5 million dollar bonus this year. That bonus makes it hard to release Sherman. If the Seahawks want to get rid of Sherman it almost has to be a trade and I don’t think the Seahawks get a high pick and a player. They only get one or the other, not both. They probably would trade Sherman for a quality veteran offensive lineman.

  7. PF4L April 7, 2017

    I can’t agree more with the points you made in your 1st paragraph. It should be noted, a lot of people don’t like when Sherman gets loud and arrogant, acting like a asshat, including me. The thing is, he usually does that when he dominated somebody, or he doesn’t like what’s going on with his own team on the field, both of those scenario’s i can live with.

    I could be wrong Howard, but i don’t think Sherman got a $5 million bonus. the way i read it is if Sherman is still on the Seahawks roster as of Feb. 16th 2016, 5 million of his base salary in 2017 becomes guaranteed.

    It really shouldn’t be hard for the Hawks to trade sherman, or another team to trade for him.

    A 1st round draft choice for this guy is a no brainer (even throwing in a comp back if need be), especially in Green Bay’s situation.

    If Green Bay got Sherman, they would instantly get legitimacy and respect in the secondary. A far cry from what they have now.

    I’m thinking Ted has John Schnieders number. If the Seahawks asking price is realistic, this should have already happened.

    1. Howard April 7, 2017

      The reason I said bonus is if the Seahawks tried to have Sherman take a pay cut the Seahawks would have no leverage. If they cut Sherman they would take on an additional 5 million of dead money, beyond the pro rated signing bonus. The Seahawks are stuck with a trade. That I think puts the Seahawks at a negotiation disadvantage

      Sherman would be a positive on the field. He could also be a big positive to someone like Gunter and some of other young corners, including the one they would still need to draft.

      I never thought it was a good idea to trade one of your players to a division or conference opponent. Schneider has shown he is willing to trade within the conference. This could happen and I don’t think the salary amount is out of line compared to what Shields was making.

      Thanks for your first comment on this article.