SEATTLE – Seahawks trainer Pete Carroll confirmed he was connected to Richard Sherman but said a reunion with the former all-pro cornerback is not currently in the works.
“It’s not our thought right now that we’ll go out and find another man at this point, but we’ll keep looking,” Carroll said Saturday after the Seahawks Oklahoma took CB Tre Brown with one of their three draft picks. “We’re not going to stop looking and we’re going to compete. With that in mind, I’ll leave everything open and that’s just one of them.”
Sherman, 33, is a free agent having spent the past three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. In an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Friday, he said returning to San Francisco was out of the question and listed the Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders as other teams he communicated with.
“I’ll have to wait and see this design process,” he said to Smith. “Obviously a lot of teams got corners in the first round, some teams didn’t get the corners they wanted, and I think when this design process is done my phone will ring a little more on people who were expecting a guy got and didn’t. ” I don’t get the guy they wanted. I don’t have as much control as I do. At 33 it’s just like that, it doesn’t matter what you recorded on tape. “
Suggested that his age is why he’s not signed, Sherman said, “It doesn’t matter what awards you have, what you tape, the numbers – sometimes it’s just age. So I just have to keep in shape, keep ready … I am patient and do everything I can. “
Sherman made four Pro Bowls and was named First Team All-Pro in three of his seven seasons with Seattle. After his election in the fifth round in 2011, he became a key member of the defense that led the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl championship and a near replay the next year.
He suffered an Achilles tendon rupture in 2017 and was released that offseason with one year remaining on his contract. The 49ers then signed a three-year contract that had just expired. Sherman made his fifth Pro Bowl career in 2019 but missed 11 games last year with a calf injury.
“I spoke to Sherm a few times here during the off-season,” said Carroll. “So we stayed in touch and he’s out there. I know he’s thinking about it. He’s looking for an opportunity. I’ve seen where he said he was considering three or four teams or whatever. So we’ll see what happens. But he’s I’m sure he was a great player and he still has a ball in him. But at that point we’re going to sort this day out, find out what’s going on with the towers, and us will see where he sits later. “
The Seahawks took Brown in round four, addressing what was widely considered to be one of their primary drafting needs and perhaps the most urgent after taking over wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge in round two. The Seahawks have signed Sherman’s former 49ers teammate Ahkello Witherspoon after losing Shaquill Griffin at the free agency. Her cornerback group includes another ex-49er in D.J. Reed as well as Tre Flowers, Damarious Randall and Pierre Desir among others.
Carroll and General Manager John Schneider both described their relationship with Sherman as strong and his departure from Seattle not as astute as observers believed. Sherman and Carroll occasionally talk about football-related matters and have nothing to do with it, and exchanged good-natured ribs when their teams met over the past few seasons.
“We stayed in touch for a long time,” said Carroll, “and I don’t think this should surprise you, just think of all the people who stayed here and did so much for this program and our region.” all of that. Whether they’re still playing or not, we said I think really significant relationships and Sherms is one of them. “
Schneider said Sherman will “always be a Seahawk” and that he has the organization’s support.
“It wasn’t as bad as everyone thought when he left,” said Schneider. “I spoke to him literally 10 minutes before he entered and agreed to the San Francisco 49ers and spoken very positively. It was good.”
Sherman told ESPN’s Smith in February that he would like to play two more seasons.
“I want to move up to a competitive team,” he told Smith. “I think I still have a lot to give to the game. I think I still have a lot to do and I think I can go out there and help a defense get together like it should and reach their potential, achieve that . ” Heights reached by the defense I played at. “