To many people, this offseason was a circus for Richard Sherman. The Seahawks star cornerback was mired in trade rumors and reports that he did not get along with head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson. Then other reports came out that it was Sherman requesting the trade. It seemed like he wanted out of Seattle. But as the hectic part of the offseason started to wind down, Sherman was still a Seahawk. And that was exactly what Sherman wanted.
Sherman discussed what his offseason was really like in a Players Tribune article on July 28. He knew that people wanted to hear how all the rumors came about and how he handled them. But according to Sherman, the rumors were nothing to him. He was more worried about “babyproofing”. Sherman had a second kid over the offseason, and he had to rearrange his life.
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But that did not stop him from hearing about the rumors surrounding him. Early in the offseason, many reports from all different kinds of reporters came out saying that Sherman was unhappy in Seattle and felt like he needed to move on and that he requested a trade. But according to Sherman, those reports were inaccurate. He explains that trade talks are an every year occurrence, but this was the first time those talks were out in the public.
“We [John Schneider, Carroll and Sherman] talked about the possibility of a trade. And then we just went about our respective off-seasons, like we always do,” Sherman said.
But even though they talked about a trade, Sherman said his goal was to never leave Seattle. “The truth is, I do not want out of Seattle,” Sherman said in the article.
He also went to explain the reports of his problems with star quarterback Russell Wilson. This dates back to a practice in 2014, when he intercepted Wilson and told him, in more colorful language, that he is not good. But he says that it happened because of competition. And Sherman said that after that moment, Wilson started to perform better. Sherman explained that after the practice, “it was all love”.
Sherman made it clear that all the rumors surrounding were misrepresentations of the situation. This should make Seahawk fans happy knowing that one of their star players is happy where he is. It will also be good knowing that this offseason should not distract Sherman during the 2017 campaign. Like Sherman said, for the Seahawks, “It’s time to go back to work. Time to put the off-season in the past and get back to business. Time to lock in. Because winning fixes everything … even if it was never broken to begin with.”