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.