Three core veteran players who have been absent since the start of the Seahawks’ voluntary offseason workout program on Tuesday – cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas – will be present at the team’s headquarters in Renton on Monday, according to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Gee Scott.
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While the absences of all three players have been notable, none could be considered earth-shattering due to the workouts being voluntary. However, Sherman’s absence in particular did add fuel to the recent rumors that the Seahawks could deal Sherman before the 2017 season. The Seahawks have said on multiple occasions that they are open to trading Sherman, the latest being general manager John Schneider’s statements Thursday on “Danny, Dave and Moore” that while the Seahawks are listening, he doesn’t think a trade is very likely.
“We have a lot of respect for Richard, Richard has a lot of respect for us and we’re constantly communicating,” Schneider said. “Right now, I don’t think the odds are very good, but if somebody comes cruising along and something happens and we do something, it happens.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier this month that Sherman initially asked the Seahawks for a trade, which Schneider didn’t deny Thursday but stressed that there is nothing out of the ordinary currently to the relationship between Seattle and its All-Pro cornerback.
“It’s not that. It just doesn’t work that way,” Schneider said. “The way I would answer it is that we just have just this dialogue with guys all the time. And I think he’d admit that he had a rough year. So he’s looking for maybe a new spark and he’s either going to find that here in Seattle or he would find it somewhere else, but odds are he’s going to find it here.”
Schneider added that there is no animosity between the two sides.
“We have a great relationship,” Schneider said from the annual Prime Time celebrity waiter event for Ben’s Fund, a charity that supports families with children on the autism spectrum. “We have constant communication with him. I talked to him this evening. So it’s cool. Everything’s fine, and I just think that the only reason we would do it is to basically create some cap room and try to become a younger football team. But that’s just one option.”
Sherman’s return Monday to the team’s headquarters, along with two other pieces of Seattle’s original Legion of Boom secondary, could mean that if there had been issues earlier this offseason, they have since been smoothed over.