If you haven’t heard yet, the Seattle Seahawks are dangling cornerback Richard Sherman as trade bait prior to the 2017 NFL Draft. While sometimes you can chalk news like this up to nothing more than rumor mill fodder, both the Seahawks and Sherman have stated a trade could happen.
Before going any further, it should be noted Sherman is coming off a Pro Bowl season, and is still regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in today’s NFL. With that said, Sherman reportedly said if he were to be traded, he would want to go to a contender.
When you look at the AFC, there are contenders and a lot of pretenders. Some of the contenders would be the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of those teams, the Steelers might need a tried and true defensive back more than any other.
The Steelers current cornerback depth chart includes Artie Burns, Ross Cockrell, William Gay and Al-Hajj Shabazz. Needless to say, you throw Sherman into that mix and suddenly the Steelers secondary depth what from shaky to pretty solid, at least heading into the draft.
All of this is great, but Sherman will come at a steep price. The Seahawks will likely demand a first round draft pick, and possibly another player, or more picks, in the draft. Which begs the question: What would you give up for Sherman’s services?
For the ‘win now’ camp, this is an ideal move. The Steelers could give up their 30th pick in the first round, and possibly a late round pick, for Sherman. But would you pull the trigger on the deal?
As for me, I am actually okay parting with the 30th pick for a player like Sherman who can still play at a very high level. Financial details aside, I would give a first and a sixth for Sherman, but wouldn’t give anything higher than that. There is too much depth in this draft a key positions for me to want to give up a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th round pick, even with two 3rd round picks in this upcoming selection process. Some might not like the idea of parting ways with their first round pick, but the addition of Sherman would negate the immediate need for a cornerback, and they could still find a pass rusher in the second round.
So, what would you give up to make the trade for Richard Sherman, or would you avoid him like the plague? Vote in the poll below, and be sure to explain yourself in the comment section.
Would you trade a 1st round pick for Richard Sherman?
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