Asked about his longtime teammate and star cornerback in an appearance on “SportsCenter,” Michael Bennett simply couldn’t picture the Seahawks parting ways.
“I can’t see him leaving,” Bennett said, according to Sheil Kapadia of ESPN. “I think he’s a staple in the community. He does everything you need to do. I think he’s a great player. And I can’t see our organization losing a talent like that. On- and off-the field leadership. I think Sherm is one of the best corners to play the game. If you look at his statistics, there hasn’t been a guy that’s had that many interceptions in a short span of his career.
“I think he’s a great player, and I don’t think that we would ever trade him. I don’t think that there’s anything they could trade for him unless it was like three first-round picks or something. You don’t lose a guy like that. A guy that shuts down half of the field. A guy like that. He shuts every receiver down.”
Many initially laughed off talk of Sherman being traded, including the perennial Pro Bowler himself.
Given the manner in which he’s seemingly begun to accept the possibility, though, in addition to general manager John Schneider’s concession that the team listens to any and all trade inquiries, a deal has started to look less unrealistic.
Sherman is 29 years old heading into his seventh season.
While he’s continued to perform as one of the league’s top defensive backs, the possibility of a dropoff could make the Seahawks open to the idea of flipping him for future building blocks.
Signs of tension between Sherman and the team last season, significant or otherwise, also lend credence to the idea that he could eventually be on the way out.
Sherman started all 16 games despite playing through what was later revealed as a “significant” MCL injury, tallying four interceptions and 13 passes defensed.
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