Richard Sherman speaks out on a potential return to Seahawks in 2021
The Legion of Boom may be on the precipice of a comeback in Seattle. Three years after Richard Sherman was cut by the Seahawks in 2018, in a salary cap maneuver that saved the franchise an estimated $11 million, the former Pro-Bowl defender appeared on ESPN’s First Take to make clear that not only was there no bad blood between the two sides but that he was more than open to a return to the Seahawks under the right circumstances.
“It would be a little different then the good ‘ole days, [since] there’s two people from the Legion of Boom who aren’t here” Sherman said, referencing former teammates Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. “But it’s always in the cards. I spend my entire offseason in Seattle…Pete and I have had conversations throughout the offseason, but just everything needs to shake out right.”
While a return by Sherman would undoubtedly be greeted warmly by the fanbase that came to embrace him during his seven-year tenure in the Pacific Northwest, it is less clear if the Seahawks will have need of the corner given their recent roster moves. During last week’s NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected cornerback Tre Brown out of Oklahoma and followed that up by agreeing to terms with undrafted free-agent Byron Mills out of North Carolina Central. In total, Seattle now has eight cornerbacks on their roster, a fact which may deter any interest Sherman has with rejoining his former team, given his insistence on gaining playing time.
With Sherman only able to suit up for five games last season–while gaining only 18 tackles on the year–the Seahawks are likely to be hesitant to sacrifice their depth in order to bring Sherman back into the fold. Though it would make for a great story, Sherman’s return to Seattle is likely to remain wishful thinking for the foreseeable future.