For weeks, Richard Sherman has publicly wanted out of the Seattle Seahawks organization, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It’s something Sherman initiated, according to Schefter, and the Seahawks front office (as well as head coach Pete Carroll) have made no bones about the fact that they could see something happening before the offseason is over.
A highly sought after name is available in free agency? Of course there are questions as to if the Jacksonville Jaguars should sign him.
There are two sides to every coin, so what are the reasons to go after a cornerback like Sherman and what are the reasons to stay away?
The case to sign Richard Sherman
Jacksonville has the cap room to sign a guy like Sherman. You always have to “overpay” when you’re in this market and you’ve won 17 games in five years. But with Sherman set to earn over $22 million over the next two years, they could trade for him and take his contract as is with zero negotiations. And with Sherman’s contract only running through 2019, it’s the same two-year risk you’d take on with any free agent this team has signed.
He’s proven to be a good player and you’ll need all the help you can get in the secondary with how lackluster this Jaguars pass rush is going to be this year and possibly next.
The case to stay away from Richard Sherman
ESPN’s Mike DiRocco was the inspiration for this article and I think he summarized the reasons why you stay away from Sherman best in his weekly Q&A column:
Jalen Ramsey is one starting outside corner and the team just signed A.J. Bouye to a five-year contract worth $67.5 million with $26 million guaranteed to start on the other side. If you bring in Richard Sherman, you'd have to move one of those three inside to play nickel, which means you put Aaron Colvin on the bench ... Also, it will take a first-round pick and likely another pick (Tampa Bay gave up a first and a fourth for Darrelle Revis in 2013) to get Sherman. That's a steep price for a franchise that is still a ways away from sniffing a .500 season and Sherman — as good as he is — wouldn't be the difference between the Jaguars going 6-10 and 10-6 in 2017.
Would Sherman be an asset on this Jaguars team? Absolutely. But it’s not Madden. You don’t stifle the development of who you think your future nickel cornerback (and moving one of Sherman or Bouye to nickel) is going to needlessly ruffle someone’s feathers.
What do you think? Should the Jaguars try and piece together a trade offer for Sherman? Or do the negatives outweigh the positives in this sort of scenario?
Let us know in the comments below!