Seahawks speak to Sherman as DB mulls future

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SEATTLE – Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that he is been in communication with Richard Sherman, however mentioned a reunion with the previous All-Professional cornerback is not presently within the works.

“That is not certainly one of our ideas proper now that we’re going out and getting one other man at that spot, however we’ll hold trying,” Carroll mentioned Saturday, after the Seahawks took Oklahoma CB Tre Brown with certainly one of their three draft picks. “We’re not going to cease trying and we’ll compete. So in that sense, I depart the whole lot open and that is simply certainly one of them.”

The 33-year-old Sherman is a free agent after spending the previous three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. In an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Friday, he mentioned a return to San Francisco is not out of the query and listed the Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders as different groups with which he is had communication.

“I’ve received to attend via this draft course of,” he informed Smith. “Clearly, the primary spherical, lots of groups received corners, some groups did not get the corners they wished and I believe as soon as this draft course of completes my cellphone will ring a little bit extra with individuals who anticipated to get a man and did not get the man they wished. I am not as in management as I used to be. At 33, it is similar to, it would not matter what you placed on tape.”

Sherman prompt that his age is the explanation he is unsigned, saying: “It would not matter accolades you’ve got, what you placed on tape, the numbers — it is simply age typically. So I’ve simply received to proceed to remain in form, proceed to remain prepared … I am being affected person and doing the whole lot I can.”

Sherman made 4 Professional Bowls and was named a First Crew All-Professional in three of his seven seasons with Seattle, rising from a fifth-round choose in 2011 to turn out to be a key member of the protection that led the Seahawks to their lone Tremendous Bowl championship and a close to repeat the following 12 months.

He suffered a torn Achilles in 2017 and was launched that offseason with one 12 months left on his contract. The 49ers then signed him to a three-year deal that simply expired. Sherman made his fifth profession Professional Bowl in 2019 however missed 11 video games final 12 months with a calf damage.

“I’ve talked to Sherm fairly a couple of occasions right here over the offseason,” Carroll mentioned. “So now we have stayed involved and he is on the market. I do know he is fascinated about it. He is on the lookout for a possibility. I noticed the place he mentioned there’s three or 4 groups he is contemplating or no matter. So we’ll see what occurs. However he is been an important participant and he is nonetheless received some ball left in him, I am certain. However at this level we’ll clear via today, determine what occurs with the rooks developing and we’ll see the place it sits afterward.”

The Seahawks took Brown within the fourth spherical, addressing what was extensively thought-about certainly one of their prime wants heading into the draft and maybe their most urgent one after taking large receiver D’Wayne Eskridge within the second spherical. The Seahawks signed Sherman’s former 49ers teammate Ahkello Witherspoon after dropping Shaquill Griffin in free company. Their cornerback group contains one other ex-49er in D.J. Reed in addition to Tre Flowers, Damarious Randall and Pierre Desir, amongst others.

Carroll and normal supervisor John Schneider each characterised their relationship with Sherman as robust and his departure from Seattle as not being as acrimonious as observers believed it to be. Sherman and Carroll often speak about issues associated and unrelated to soccer, in accordance with the coach, and exchanged good-natured ribbing when their groups met in latest seasons.

“We’ve got stayed in contact for a very long time,” Carroll mentioned, “and I do not assume that ought to shock you as a result of simply take into consideration all the guys which have left right here that had achieved a lot for this program and our space and all of that. Whether or not they’re nonetheless enjoying or they are not enjoying, we have maintained I believe actually vital relationships and Sherm’s certainly one of them.”

Schneider mentioned Sherman is “at all times going to be a Seahawk” and that he has the group’s assist.

“It wasn’t as dangerous as all people thought it was when he left,” Schneider mentioned. “I used to be actually speaking to him in all probability 10 minutes earlier than he went in and agreed with the San Francisco 49ers and speaking in a really optimistic method. It has been good.”

Sherman informed ESPN’s Smith in February that he needs to play two extra seasons.

“I need to get on a aggressive staff,” he informed Smith. “I believe I nonetheless have loads to present to the sport. I believe I nonetheless have loads that I need to accomplish and I believe I can go on the market and assist a protection come collectively prefer it ought to and attain their potential, attain the heights that the defenses that I’ve performed on have reached.”