Of course Richard Sherman is going to play next season. There was never any question about that. He merely confirmed it Thursday night.
There probably isn’t a question about where he will play either — not with him coming off an Achilles injury. Even he said he had no doubt he would be a Seahawk in 2018.
The Seahawks certainly will not cut him, as we said in November after he was injured. And, due to the injury, he probably won’t draw any good trade offers. So the Hawks will be content to help him rehab and prove his mettle again at age 30. And then decide whether to re-sign him in 2019.
But, worth considering: If some team were willing to offer a second-round pick or even a third, would John Schneider take it?
Yes, it would deprive Seattle of an All-Pro corner, a guy who even coming off an Achilles injury is likely to be better than 85 percent of the NFL’s cover men.
But, if they are planning to let him go next year anyway, a second-rounder would trump the maximum third-round comp pick they might get in 2020. (And a third now would be better than a third in two years.)
It also would help Schneider restock a depleted 2018 pick allotment, which coincidentally is lacking picks in the second and third rounds. Moving Sherman also would give Seattle an extra $11 million in cap space, which could be used to keep Sheldon Richardson or other free agents — or perhaps to go after All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell.
Schneider then could re-sign DeShawn Shead and/or Byron Maxwell to play opposite 2017 standout Shaquill Griffin, with RFA Justin Coleman in the nickel and Neiko Thorpe and DeAndre Elliott as potential reserves.
New England and Miami both reportedly were interested in Sherman last year. Would either be willing to give up a second (or a third and a late pick)? If so, and if Sherman is not in Seattle’s plans for 2019 and beyond, Schneider should take it.
Like Sherman, Earl Thomas seems very likely to be in Seattle — even though some fans think the team should try to move him if the return is good enough.
The Seahawks might listen, as they did with Sherman, but they also would surely set the same high price — a first and third/fourth — on him.
Playing fantasy GM: If Schneider got a 2 for Sherman and a 1 & 4 for Thomas, that would give the GM these picks: 1, 1, 2, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 7, 7. If Thomas were traded to his preferred Dallas, Seattle would have the 19th pick to go with its own at 18 — giving Schneider tons of flexibility.
But then, of course, the Legion of Boom would turn into the Legion of Broom, all three remaining originals swept out in one offseason. Seattle has Griffin and SS Delano Hill and would need to re-sign Shead and/or Maxwell, plus Bradley McDougald. Then one of those first-rounders might be used on Florida State strong safety Derwin James.
It’s a fantasy scenario, though, because it’s almost impossible to envision both Sherman and Thomas being traded.