Reasons to Keep Richard Sherman

April 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

         .Over the past couple of weeks, the Seattle Seahawks and their general manager John Schneider have made it very clear that cornerback Richard Sherman is on the trading block. Schneider has confirmed the team is listening to offers proposed by other teams for Sherman. Since entering the league, Sherman has been to 4 Pro Bowls, has been voted an All-Pro 3 times, has been to 2 Super Bowls and won one Super Bowl.Trading Richard Sherman would be a huge mistake by the Seahawks

 

If the Seahawks trade away Sherman, it could prove to be devastating for the team. Sherman’s most important job as a cornerback is to shutdown the opposing team’s top wide receivers. Since breaking into the league as a 5th round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Sherman has led the NFL in allowed completion percentage at 48%, 50.3 passer rating against him by opposing QBs, and has led the NFL in passes defended with 92. This makes him the best corner in the game since he entered the league. For years now, Sherman has been able to shut down a third of the field with his abilities as a cover corner.

 

Richard Sherman has done the best job over the past six years of creating turnovers and getting the ball back into his offense's hands. Sherman has 30 interceptions since entering the league, giving him 10 more interceptions than any other cornerback in the last 6 seasons. His interception numbers are on par with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders in his first six years in the NFL. This doesn’t even take into account the fact when one member of the “Legion of Boom” is out the defensive play drops off dramatically. Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas all work together in shutting down one-third of the field through the air and, in the past two years, when one player is hurt, the defense has been prone to give up more big plays and touchdowns. So why would Seattle think trading Sherman is a good idea?

 

Sherman has played like a future Hall of Famer and has the stats to back it up. He is the self-proclaimed best corner in the game and after doing some digging into his stats, I have a hard time disagreeing with his opinion. In no other position around the league is anyone advocating trading the best player in their position. So, to me, the debate on trading Sherman is a "no brainer". John Schneider, do not trade away Richard Sherman, the best corner in the game.

 

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