I don’t get what the Seahawks are trying to do this season. They need a good cornerback but now Richard Sherman is now a Buccaneer. And Sherman signed for relatively little to go to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers signed Sherman to a one-year deal worth a total of $2.25 million with $500 thousand guaranteed. Seattle had this money but didn’t get Richard Sherman.
Seattle has lots of issues currently on defense. Coaching is a big part of it. The Seahawks seem to have a group of talented pass rushers but the pass rush has done very little in the last couple of games. This means the cornerbacks get exposed more. Seattle doesn’t have corners good enough to be exposed regularly.
Pete Carroll has to know this (or he shouldn’t be a head coach) and general manager John Schneider was in charge of putting together the roster this season. He has failed when it comes to the corners. Seattle made several trades in the two weeks before the season started so there was an obvious panic among the Seahawks brass to piece together a secondary.
Richard Sherman was almost literally in the team’s backyard the whole time. Sherman lives in Redmond which isn’t too far from the VMAC where Seattle has all its offseason drills and practices. Sherman had an off-field issue this summer. Doesn’t make him a bad person and doesn’t mean he didn’t want to play football. His signing with the Buccaneers on Wednesday proves he wants to play.
Richard Sherman chooses the Buccaneers over the Seahawks
Richard Sherman is going to make the Buccaneers a better team. The Seahawks are worse watching Sherman sign elsewhere because they should have signed him. Basically choosing Tre Flowers over Sherman is embarrassing.
There are reports that Seattle tried to get Sherman to not get on the plane to sign with Tampa Bay. Maybe Seattle should have offered $4 million a year. The Seahawks have the money to do that and are in desperate need of a good corner. Sherman is still a good corner.
Seattle has had a history of not overspending in free agency since Carroll and Schneider came to tow in 2010. For the most part, this has been OK. But it’s worked out because Seattle drafted well early in the 2010s and didn’t need good free agents as much as it does now. The Seahawks have an aging roster and not-as-good recent drafts.
The most frustrating thing is that Seattle is on the verge of a lost season and a rebuild. This week Seattle saw Josh Gordon sign with the Chiefs and Richard Sherman sign with the Buccaneers. Both players have ties to Seattle and chose to go elsewhere. This hurts the team now. But long-term, maybe players simply don’t want to do the Seattle thing and buy into the culture. Because the culture is on the verge of not being a winning one.