The Seattle Seahawks' offseason has been filled with trade rumors and one of the staples of their defense over the past six seasons.
Seahawks' General Manager John Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle on Thursday that, while the team is still considering trading shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman, he will likely remain with the team through 2017.
John Schneider on @710ESPNSeattle says "odds are'' Richard Sherman will be a Seahawk in 2017 but says team would still consider trades.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) April 21, 2017
Schneider doesn't seem very convincing here. Sure, he says he thinks Sherman will be back next season, but it's telling that he also made it clear that the team is still listening to trade offers.
Sherman has played in each of the Seahawks games since he was drafted by the team in 2011.
He has 30 interceptions and two touchdowns in 96 career regular season games, as well as two interceptions in 12 postseason games.
Schneider explained that the reason the team was exploring possible deals for Sherman was to free up cap space and make the team younger.
Asked reason to trade Sherman says "to create cap room and trying to become a younger football team.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) April 21, 2017
He also shared that a potential move is of "mutual interest" and that both sides have been in "constant communication" with each other.
Asked if Sherman asked to be traded, portrays it as a mutual thing based on "constant communication'' between each side.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) April 21, 2017
Sherman is under contract with Seattle over the next two seasons for about $11 million annually. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.