Not long ago, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was widely viewed as not only the best at his position, but one of top players in the entire NFL.
The swaggering, loquacious Stanford graduate famously knocked away an end-zone bound pass as time expired against the 49ers to send Seattle to the Super Bowl, followed by a self-aggrandizing diatribe while addressing a national TV audience.
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But, in perhaps a sign that Sherman?s stock has declined, along with a reminder of the NFL's cold business side, both Seahawks management and the cornerback have openly talked about the possibility of a trade.
Here are the teams he was most likely to go to: New Orleans Saints (3/1), Oakland Raiders (4/1), Atlanta Falcons (5/1), Dallas Cowboys (11/2), Tennessee Titans (6/1), Jacksonville Jaguars (12/1), Green Bay Packers (16/1), New England Patriots (30/1).
The 29-year-old player is likely nearing the twilight of his physical prime, and he is owed more than $22 million over the final two years of his contract.
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Sherman is coming off a decent but unspectacular season in which he played in all 16 games and had 13 passes defended, 58 tackles, and four interceptions with zero touchdowns.
Seattle could gain salary-cap relief with a trade, but its management also doesn?t want to accept less than market value for a player who could still be an integral part of its on-field success.
Because of this, trade talks have faded in the past several days, leading up to Thursday's NFL Draft.
In a pre-draft press conference Monday, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the club has "kind of moved past" the idea of trading the All-Pro cornerback.
"If somebody calls and goes crazy with something, then we'll discuss it again," Schneider said. "I don't mean go crazy, but you know what I mean. Like, give you compensation where it?s something you really, truly have to think about it and consider it, then we would have to consider it."
Current sportsbook odds reflect the chilled status of the Sherman trade talks, with No. 25 staying put now a prohibitive favorite.
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