The Seahawks have created a little cap space by releasing Jarran Reed. One of the moves Seattle needs to make is to bring Richard Sherman back. Tuesday was Sherman’s birthday. Seattle should give him the gift of signing him to a nice contract for two years and having Sherman end his career as he should: In a Seahawks uniform.
Plus, while Seattle did sign Ahkello Witherspoon to possibly replace departed Shaquill Griffin, who would you 12s rather have? Witherspoon or Sherman? Sherman should be the answer. And based on his recent injury history, if Sherman wants to play in 2021 he will need to do so at a reduced salary.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider has worked wonders with the salary cap so far this offseason and has created enough room to sign a good player. That player should be Sherman. Think about the group of Seattle cornerbacks if Sherman were to sign. The starters would be Sherman and possibly Witherspoon or even D.J. Reed. But the backups would be Tre Flowers or Witherspoon or Reed. That’s a very good group with talented depth.
Seahawks would be better with Richard Sherman
Sherman will have to prove he is still good after an injury-riddled 2020 but if he is there is no reason he isn’t as good or better than Griffin was. Griffin has never really proven to be a number-one corner in the NFL and Sherman clearly has and as recently as 2019. If Sherman isn’t injury-riddled in 2020, maybe he is a shutdown corner yet again.
Richard Sherman is the perfect cornerback in the Seattle system. He has the perfect length for what Pete Carroll likes in a CB and knows how to use his size to shield receivers. But what makes this article different from other recent ones I have written about Sherman is that Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network said last week on Good Morning Football that Sherman “is open to returning to Seattle.”
Sherman lives in the Seattle area still and he should retire with the Seahawks. He would make Seattle a better team next year and be the leader of a very good group of cornerbacks. If he would accept $6-7 million for each of the next two seasons, Seattle should sign him.