Possible trade options for Richard Sherman
Undeniably, one of the biggest stories for the Seattle Seahawks this off season has been the fate and future of Richard Sherman. There’s a really good chance that you’re hate-reading this piece because you saw that it’s about Richard Shermanâ??that’s the impact he’s had on the NFL. Sherman is a singular talent (and gifted orator) who played an integral role in Jim Harbaugh’s resurrection of Stanford’s football program who, a few short years later, broke the same Jim Harbaugh’s heart in possibly the greatest NFC Championship Game ever played.
If you’re as big a fan of Bill Barnwell as I am (yes, I very much still miss Grantland), you’ll have noticed that Sherman played a significant role in Barnwell’s recent ’17 All-Trades Mock Draft.
I won’t question the logic behind or merit of Barnwell’s trades involving Sherman (because he’s Bill Barnwell, and to pretend to be in the same analytical sphere he inhabits is cause for rather serious ridicule), but even taking his all-trades draft as “decent moves” for a franchise I can’t see a good reason for the Seahawks to part with one of the best cornerbacks to ever play the game.
Let’s go through Barnwell’s hypothetical picks, with some of the young talent the Seahawks could pick up if they did part ways with Sherman (sourced mostly from SB Nation’s compilation of mock drafts, which is a fascinating resource) so you can see where I’m coming from.
How better to rebound from the loss of Josh Norman than to pick up Richard Sherman? Granted, Norman was not just a Carolina Panther but from the Carolinas (born in Greenwood, South Carolina, and played at Coastal Carolina University), but even with Norman’s ties to the area, few Panthers fans are going to tell you that Sherman wouldn’t be an incredible pickup. And in my humble opinion, there isn’t a talent in this draft that is a better pickup than the proven talent that is Richard Sherman, so I can’t entirely write this trade off, at least from the Panther’s end. If I was their GM and thought this would actually work, I’d push for it.
How would this trade play out?
For Barnwell, the Panthers would cough up the 8th overall pick in the 2017 draft, as well as the 98th pick (third round), and the Seahawks would part ways with Sherman and 2-…
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