Richard Sherman spent seven years in Seattle and was an integral part of the Legion of Boom. But the Seahawks released him last week and 24 hours later he signed a friendly deal with the 49ers.
Sherman's exit is part of a defensive review that included the Michael Bennett trade, and Earl Thomas could be next. But the cornerback, who thanked the organization and its fans as he walked out the door, said this week that coach Pete Carroll's message had become obsolete with some of the veterans.
"I think it was something philosophical in [Carroll’s] part," Sherman said during an appearance on Uninterrupted's "The Tomahawk Show," which is presented by retired NFL players Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins (via ESPN). .com). "Many of us have been there for six, seven, eight years, and their philosophy is more developed for the university.
" Four years, the boys rotate, they turn, so we've heard all their stories, I've heard every story , every funny anecdote I had. And, honestly, because he simply recycles them. And they are good stories, they are great for chemistry and team building, et cetera, etcetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them even before he started saying them. "
Sherman also said he" felt somewhat disrespectful to me "because the Seahawks rushed away from him after an Achilles injury that ended the season after the injury. The team was willing to wait for Earl Thomas and Jimmy Graham to recover from injuries.
"It's unfortunate," Sherman explained. "At the end of the day I do not seem to know how to say it. how the players see and how they evaluate the players. It was a strange situation because obviously we had injured players several times, several years and this was the first time that someone who has been injured by the central players has been eliminated. …
"I think that at the end of the day it became a matter of devaluation of the main players, the players who are playing at a high level and really are curious about the younger players and curious about the unknown", continuous. "They say:" Maybe this guy is going to be the next guy, "instead of saying," Hey, you have Hall of Fame talents in your high school, what do you think if you get over it? " ? It would be like saying to Pittsburgh: "Troy Polamalu is great, but let's see what this guy has behind him."
It's worth noting: the Steelers probably would have thrown Polamalu if they had not retired after the 2014. And a year later, the team used a second-round safety pick Sean Davis to fill that void – in other words: no player is immune to the NFL business.
Either way, from the perspective In mid-March, you can argue that the Seahawks are the worst team in the NFC West, after the Rams, the Cardinals and 49ers.In addition to their annual problems along the offensive line, they will now have to resupply a defense that was among the best in the league for the last 7-8 years. It can change from here to September, but the Seahawks have a lot of work to do. Meanwhile, you can check who are the six experts that Seattle has chosen in the first round of the most recent round of CBSSports.com simulations.