The NFL seems to think it has to work in the shadows.
Though leaks to reporters are commonplace while general managers, coaches, and players try to push their agendas, rarely does anyone say what they’re actually thinking or what they really intend to do.
So witnessing Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider talking openly about exploring trade options for star cornerback Richard Sherman is a welcome novelty – a glimpse of how the NFL could operate if not for the misguided fear of revealing one’s hand.
Sherman, too, has been surprisingly candid when speaking about the possibility of leaving Seattle. He’s insisted he maintains a “great relationship” with the team, but indicated both sides are listening to offers.
The game-playing, so far, has been kept to the minimum.
Both Schneider and Sherman have said they’re just exploring all options, which is what every single team in the NFL does. Almost no player is untouchable, and it would make little sense if a GM didn’t listen to offers and get as much information as they could.
Some have speculated Schneider’s public comments about Sherman are a ploy to humble the defender after a season in which the volatile side of his personality rose back to the surface.
If that was the case, though, there would have been consistent leaks suggesting the Seahawks were unhappy with Sherman or believed he’s on the decline – something similar to the way Antonio Brown was vilified by “anonymous sources” in the weeks after his ill-advised decision to live stream the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ locker room following a playoff game.
However, no one believed that Brown might not be in the Steelers’ long-term plans, and sure enough, they made Brown the highest-paid receiver in the NFL this offseason.
Schneider and Sherman are just being candid about the situation. They realize that in today’s world, nothing can really be kept secret, so lying is a waste of time and energy.
Yes, information is power, but if no one is falling for the B.S. the NFL world churns out on a daily basis, isn’t it better to be open about your intentions?
Hopefully, the rest of the league will follow Schneider out of the shadows.
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