Richard Sherman's leverage might be slipping.
Bleacher Report and Pro Football Talk both interpreted a Mike Garafolo report on NFL Network that the Seahawks were dropping their asking price for the Pro Bowl cornerback. Garafolo said the Seahawks want a first-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional pick next year.
"We're talkingDarrelle RevisJets-to-Buccaneerstype of deal," Garafolo said. "That's what's going to get this thing done."
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport said the "very high" asking price might be too steep. A Revis-type deal would be a stark contrast from a Miami Herald report last week, which said Seattlewanted “a very good player plus a high draft pick.”
Garafolo later disputed the reports of a dropping asking price.
"I can't speak to other reportage but the price I reported is firm and is expected to remain that way," he wrote.
The Jets traded Revis to the Buccaneers in 2013 forthe No. 13 overall selection and a conditional 2014 fourth-round pick that would have turned into a third-round pick had Revis remained on Tampa Bay's roster in 2014.
The price is still high for Sherman, especially because no other team seems to be scrambling for the cornerback.
Sherman said last week he doesn't want to leave Seattle, but understands the trade talk is just business. However, it has been reported that Sherman's relationship with his coaches have gone south and he asked to be traded.
Sherman's contract, which runsthrough the 2018 season, is set to pay him $26.8 million over the next two seasons.