There were several signs suggesting Richard Sherman’s time in Seattle was coming to an end and today the Seahawks made it ficial. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks will release Sherman today, bringing to an end a seven-year run with the team which started in 2011 when he was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round the NFL Draft.
During his time in Seattle, Sherman made four Pro Bowl teams and had three first-team All-Pro selections. He also led the league in interceptions in 2013, the same year Seattle beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Immediately after the news was announced today, Sherman took to twitter with a screenshot his accomplishments since he entered the NFL.
According to CBS Sports, the Seahawks will save $11 million by cutting Sherman, who was scheduled to count $13.2 million against the salary cap in 2018 if he remained on the roster. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Sherman told her, “they are gonna let me explore free agency with the hope that I can return. They just wanted the financial flexibility.”
The soon-to-be 30-year old corner missed seven games in the 2017 season after suffering a torn right achilles tendon, in addition to having surgery on his left leg this fseason to clean out bone spurs. He will now be free to sign with any team once the new league season begins on Wednesday, March 14.
Earlier this week the Seahawks also traded veteran defensive end Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a fifth-round pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was knocked out last night’s AFC Championship game late in the first half after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Jacksonville Jaguars’ safety Barry Church, and Gronk was unable to return.
While some Patriots fans were furious over the hit, others, like Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman, defended Church’s play.
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After seeing the hit, Sherman tweeted, “The hit on Gronk is the only way Church could have done his job without just obliterating Gronks knee. If he would have just hit him low most ppl would calm him dirty. So there is nothing he can do to make everyone happy and do his job. Unless you think he should let him catch.”
He added, “Would love to see some these fans play the game. They all have such great perspectives. Couldnt even imagine playing at the speed and intensity that these men are playing at. Split second decisions.”
The Patriots still managed to punch their ticket to Super Bowl LII even without Gronkowski for most the night, and he will now have two weeks to nurse the injury before New England’s next game.
According to the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian, Gronk was in the concussion protocol last night and there’s optimism that #87 will be ready to play on February 4th when the Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.