Richard Sherman, it’s time to stop talking about the Seahawks

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 29: Richard Sherman #25 of the NFC warms up prior to the NFL Pro Bowl at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on January 29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 29: Richard Sherman #25 of the NFC warms up prior to the NFL Pro Bowl at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on January 29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

Richard Sherman has been known to speak his mind. He’s probably been that way since birth. I think for once, it’s time for him to stop talking.

Let me begin by saying that I respect Richard Sherman, a lot. I like that he’s always spoken his mind. He’s a bright guy, and we could certainly do worse than listen to smart people. There certainly seems to be a shortage of them in other walks of life. I haven’t always agreed with everything Sherman says. I wasn’t a fan of him blowing up on the Seahawks sideline, for instance. But it would be weird to agree with him all the time, right? I don’t know anyone that I agree with on everything. For all I know, Sherman probably doesn’t even like anchovies on pizza.

I do know one thing he doesn’t like, though, and that’s the Seattle Seahawks. That wasn’t the case when he was first released by the team. Initially, Sherman had only good things to say about the team that drafted him. As he said then, ‘I would like to say thank you…for taking a chance on a kid that was overlooked by many.”

Lately, though, it seems Sherman can’t stop talking about the Seahawks. His latest diatribe was with Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko, in this piece on Sherman’s cornerback summit. It’s a great article and I highly recommend you jump through that magical link. You know, after you finish with this piece. Sherman has a lot of interesting things to say, as always. And then he starts in on the Seahawks again.

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Richard Sherman isn’t completely wrong – not completely

Sherman is right about some of this. Mistakes were made (on the goal line) as we know all too well. The Seahawks certainly aren’t infallible. They picked up some free agents last season that they would have been much better off without. Not naming names, I already dragged one guy though the dirt earlier. You all know who we’re talking about.

As for who the Seahawks have to pay, well, there’s Russell Wilson, who will almost certainly be at least the second-highest paid player in the league, whenever that extension happens. Seattle still has to pay Kam Chancellor, too. Sherman is smart enough to realize that Chancellor’s situation has Seattle thinking hard about extending Earl Thomas. And I think it’s pretty funny that Sherman rationalized his release by saying, “I kind of want to move in a different direction too.” Really? I don’t remember any stories stating Sherman asked for the release.

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Finally, I do agree that Richard Sherman shouldn’t worry about the Seahawks. At least not until he comes back to visit on the first Sunday in December. I still like Sherman, a lot. I still respect him. As I said earlier, I don’t agree with him on everything, but I do agree on this. Indeed, he has bigger fish to fry. You’re right, Mr. Sherman, you don’t need to worry about it now. It’s time to move on.