– I get why Richard Sherman wants to return. He’s coming off an injury, he wasn’t as dominant a player when he was healthy last year. Richard Sherman’s been humbled by the game of football. It humbles everybody, except for Tom Brady, at some point.
And so this– I get why he wants to return, but if I’m Seattle, I don’t know if I want a humbled Richard Sherman. It would be like Deion Sanders being a humble football– I don’t think it can be done.
Part of Richard’s swagger– Sherman has always been his swagger. And so it’s great that he wants to come back to Seattle, but if I’m Seattle, I don’t want Richard Sherman.
– I think there’s a lot of issues over there, like the league’s in a boom right now. You saw what Earl Thomas was saying at the end of the year how he wanted out. Bobby Wagner is the guy in there. You’ve had two other guys who were the– Kam Chancellor, he was the guy, but he’s dealing with the neck. Cliff Avril, he’s dealing with the neck.
So they’re kind of– they are– they’re going to have to completely rebuild that defense. And the other side of the ball. They’ve got to get the quarterback to throw the ball within like three seconds, not 24 seconds. It’s like, you know, it doesn’t matter who you bring in on offensive line, I know they got to help him out with the running back.
But they got to get Russell to– too, he’s been running for his life. I think some of that– there’s a lot that contributes to that, but as their defense, as they rebuild it, they are going to need even more out of the offensive side of the ball, and they’re going to kind of have to reshuffle how they go about things there.
– He called the quarterback basically a phony, right? And in the– in the quarterback, cornerback, who wins?
– Who called him a phony? Who–
– Richard Sherman.
– Oh, I thought you meant me right here, I was like, whoa, whoa, hold it.
– No, no, no, I mean–
– Hold on a sec, here.
– No, no, Richard Sherman is basically calling his quarterback a phony. And in the hierarchy of a locker room, we all know this. The quarterback always wins, and he’s coming off an injury. Now he’s going to rep himself? Yeah, why don’t you defend yourself in a murder trial, too? That just sounds like a bad idea. I think he knows the time is up, but he’s just trying to do image rehab.
No, no, I want to go back. I want to– you know, I want this to be 2.0. But I think the fact that they floated his name in– we talked about divorces earlier, right? Once you call the divorce lawyer, that thing is over. Once you start floating Richard Sherman’s name out there as potential trade bait, I think this thing was done. Then he tore his Achilles tendon, he won’t be wearing the Seahawks uniform this year.
– So last year they tried to trade him. They couldn’t get what they wanted so they didn’t trade him. The problem for Richard Sherman is this, you got $11 million base salary, you’re coming off an Achilles injury, you’re 30 years old. They’re not going to pay him that. And it sucks for him, but on the bright side, if– if I’m Seattle, I can’t get rid of Richard Sherman if I don’t have anyone to replace him. There are just not six feet corners that can knock your best receiver down growing on trees. They’re not out there.
And so they’re going to have to find the medium to where they can come to a conclusion where it works for both parties. But it’s going to be tough for him because of the fact that his ba– base salary is so high, and you’re coming off an injury at your age.
– But my issue would be– because what you’re basically saying is Richard Sherman is going to have to come down on salary, he’s going to have to restructure his deal, make it more team friendly. And, again, that’s not the Richard Sherman I want. He has–
– That’s a smart Richard Sherman. When you represent yourself, you got to listen to them dog you now. They– they’re going to talk to you like a dog. They’re going to tell you everything that you don’t do well, and you take that, instead of them telling your agent, and your agent don’t even tell you that.
– Yeah, but that doesn’t go into– how does that go over?
– You mean if you’re going to represent yourself? You’ve got to take it like a man. You’ve got to wear it.
– Yeah. But everybody says they want feedback, but they don’t actually want feedback, right? They want somebody telling them they’re awesome. That– you need that go-between, you need somebody go like you’re 30, you got beat here, you got beat here, you were a problem here, you call at our offensive coordinator, you hurt our offense, you hurt everything, like– everybody says, yeah, I can hear that, I can do it until it’s actually done, then it really hurts.
– You know what else, though? I don’t– Richard Sherman is not going to change as far as his competitiveness and his outspokenness, that’s not going to– that’s who he is. That’s the competitor in him. I don’t think that ever goes away.
– If he goes through the process we’re talking about of representing himself and gets in a room and they tell him what they really think and why– why we want to pay you $4 million, and he’s like– he’s thinking that’s crazy and–
– And you know what that’s going to do?
– That’s going to strip some of that swagger from him.
– He’s going to get on the field, and it’s going to piss him off.
– Yeah, but he’ll be getting on the field for somebody else, because somebody else– he’ll get cut and somebody else will tell you, they’re crazy. We love you. They’re nuts. We love you. And so he’ll go play for the same money for somebody else out of pride, out of ego. That same pride and that ego that made him great is the same thing that’ll drive him out of town.
– It’ll be interesting, too, because he actually saw a teammate do this, Russell Okung, he did this. He represented himself and ended up getting himself a couple of good deals here. But, you know, I think, you know, Richard, if you’re going to represent yourself, you have to go in with certain expectations for your client, which is yourself.
And, again, now, it’s like, do I want to get as much money as I can, or do I want to make a smart football decision. And that, we don’t know what Richard’s going to think. He may want to say, you know what, I’ve had it, I want out, I’m going to force my hand, or he may say, I want to see this thing through, I’ll take less money.
– He wants to play in Seattle, he’ll end up playing in Cincinnati.