With Richard Sherman on the trading block, the Eagles should pick up the phone and make an offer.
Around draft time, there are always plenty of rumors about players being on the trade block. Some are true while some are not. The newest rumor going around is that the Seattle Seahawks are shopping veteran cornerback Richard Sherman.
Sherman was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Like any other player who got drafted late, Sherman came into the league with a chip on his shoulder and a hunger to be great. He’s, arguably, been one of the best corners in the NFL since he arrived on the scene.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made it clear that Sherman is available to anyone for the right price. It makes one wonder why the Eagles wouldn’t get on the phone immediately?
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Sherman’s been dominant since his arrival. Over the past six seasons, he has a total of 254 tackles and 30 interceptions. While some may say he declined in 2016, the truth is nobody wanted to throw in his direction.
According to Pro Football Focus, Sherman has only allowed a 59.1 passer rating when the ball was thrown in his way in 2016. Sherman does everything he is asked and then some. That’s not all though. You also can’t question this mans toughness. He’s played all 96 regular season games of his career.
What is there not to like?
Sherman likes to talk a lot, on the field and off the field. He’s been very outspoken in past years. Other teams hated it while Seattle defended it. The truth is he probably isn’t wrong for doing so. His confidence is obvious, and he plays with a fire, which is exactly what the Eagles defense needs.
Sherman could be a leader and motivator for the Eagles. While Eagles fans may have hated him as an opponent, they would love to see him play if he was in the midnight green. Since the Eagles will most likely draft a corner this year, he could also be a mentor and help with that young man’s development.
Sherman was an overlooked talent who proved the doubters wrong. He plays with anger and passion and never misses a game. While he may be viewed as cocky, he backs up his trash talk and gives his all on every snap that he’s on the field. Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman should, at least, pick up the phone and make a call to Seattle.