Seahawks general manager John Schneider says talk of the team trading Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman is not merely part of the offseason rumor mill.
“What you’ve seen lately in the news is real. That's on both sides,” Schneider said in an interviewon ESPN 710's“Brock and Salk Show’’ in Seattle.
That said, Schneider — in his first comments since he and coach Pete Carroll confirmed at last week's NFL meetings that they'd received inquiries about Sherman's availability—also said that a trade involving the three-time All-Proat this point appears unlikely.
“I don’t know if anything would ever happen,’’ Schneider said.
Sherman, who turned 29 last week, has said he understands the trade buzz is part of the business.
Schneider’s commentscame in the context of his answer to aquestion about the Seahawks' relationship with Sherman after his tumultuous 2016 season in which he had multiple sideline run-ins with coaches during games.
Schneider's full quote, speaking to the openness the team tries to have with all of its players:
“I think we’re a very unique organization in that regard. We have a great relationship with a lot of our players.There’s very much an openness. What you’ve seen lately in the news is real. That’s on both sides. It’s just open communication. He knows what’s going on. We know what’s going on. I don’t know if anything would ever happen, but like I tell people all the time, 98 percent of the deals that we’re involved with, we don’t follow through with. But at least we’ve opened that door, gone down the road and seen what’s behind Door A or Door B.”
In that spirit, Schneider said the team has told Sherman that it has beentaking calls about dealing himsince the NFL Scouting Combine in March.
“This isn’t a secret like this just came out of nowhere," he said. "People find things out and we’re not going to lie to each other and we’re not going to B.S. each other. It’s going to be all laid out, and, like I said, that doesn’t happen everywhere. We have open lines of communication between our coaching staff and our player personnel staff. It goes through player development, it goes through our sports science group. There’s a lot going on there.”