Garafolo: 99% Sherman done in Seattle
Richard Sherman’s tenure in Seattle could be coming to an end.
NFL Network's Mike Silver reported Sherman is expected to be released by the Seahawks in the next two days.
Sherman has told teammates goodbye over the last 24 hours and that he won’t be on the team in 2018, sources tell NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Those close to him say nothing is set in stone and there has been no official word.
Earlier Wednesday, Rapoport added that after meeting with team brass, the Seahawks were expected to explore trade options for Sherman. Rapoport said the team could also release the cornerback or even keep him, likely at a different salary.
Silver said there is a possibility they could re-sign Sherman at a lower rate after releasing him.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Sherman is on his way to an NFLPA meeting in Las Vegas which begins Thursday. Any future discussions with the Seahawks regarding his future will continue while Sherman is in Vegas.
Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane raised eyebrows Wednesday when he appeared to tweet about Sherman.
“That text message got my heart hurting… damn 25 was my Dawg #WhatsNext” Lane tweeted.
Sherman reached out to ESPN's Josina Anderson via text and said the following:
"I'm good. Not sure what that's about... Haven't been told anything," Sherman wrote in reference to Jeremy Lane's tweet.
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor also mentioned Sherman in an Instagram post Wednesday.
Sherman had not missed a regular season game in his career until 2017, when his year was cut short with an Achilles tendon tear in early November. In nine games, he recorded 35 total tackles and two interceptions.
Over the years, Sherman has been widely considered one of football’s best corners, tallying a combined 32 interceptions since coming into the league in 2011. He ranks sixth on the NFL’s active interception list.
Sherman helped the Seahawks to a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII and has been named to the Pro Bowl four times.
Last season, the Seahawks went 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.