Outside corner remains, I think, the weakest position on this team. It might be center, but outside corner isn’t deep for the Seahawks and there are no superstars on the current active roster. With each passing day, Richard Sherman’s market value is driven down and fewer teams remain interested in him.
The latest news is that four teams have an interest in Sherman: San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans and Las Vegas. Whatever deal he and his agent strike, I believe it may end up as low as around $6 million per year.
That would probably be the most Seattle could pay for him, as they’ve consistently been tight against the cap this offseason.
The Seahawks need to make a push to bring Richard Sherman in
I think Sherm would start day one for this team at left outside corner, with Ahkello Witherspoon and DJ Reed handling the other side. I think Tre Brown would develop nicely under Sherman this season, leaving Ugo Amadi and Marquise Blair to handle the nickel position.
Pierre Desir, Tre Flowers and Damarious Randall could then serve as floaters to play in any of the three positions if needed, assuming they make the 53-man roster. Richard Sherman would be this team’s best corner when healthy and would allow the pass rush to get to the quarterback for the time he’s covering receivers at corner.
I don’t think Sherman has the lockdown corner capabilities that he used to, but he knows Pete Carroll’s defense so well. I think he would be an excellent mentor to young players like Tre Brown and a solid leader to players new to Seattle, like Ahkello Witherspoon and DJ Reed. I believe Richard Sherman would also bring a fiery personality to the locker room, which may create a spark on the defense that they seemed to lack last season.
While during his time in Seattle he may have been a bit too much from time to time, Sherman has certainly matured over the past handful of seasons into a guy who can control his temper. I just think bringing in a guy like Sherman makes the secondary better, regardless of his skill level on the field.
Of course, Sherman is aged and has recently been plagued by injury. Seattle should only make a deal with him if he settles for a price under his market value on a short-term deal, ideally just one season.
I think this team is ready to win now and make a strong push at a Super Bowl berth, and Sherman may be the catalyst that lifts this defense to a championship-caliber squad. He’s a good combination of skill on the field and leadership off it.
My ideal Sherman plus Seahawks contract: 1 year and less than $7 million. So, I’m not asking the Seahawks to be frivolous and throw huge money at Sherman to bring him in. However, keep in mind, Gerald Everett is here on a 1-year deal worth $6 million. I think Sherman may make just as big an impact on the Seahawks in 2021 as Gerald Everett will. If the Seahawks can reel him in with this money, I’m all for it.