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Clayton: A Seahawks reunion with Richard Sherman? A lot would need to be figured out first

Mar 25, 2021, 3:55 PM
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Former Seahawks CB Richard Sherman is reportedly open to returning to Seattle. (Getty)
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Richard Sherman coming back to the Seahawks? Interesting idea.

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Sherman got the word out that he would consider returning to Seattle. A lot of things would have to be cleared up before that could be a consideration.

Clearly the Seahawks aren’t going to pay a lot, and that could be a problem. The market is below the $5 million mark and going down quickly. Would Sherman be willing to play at a low price? That would have be the first thing to figure out.

Second, the team would have to check with Russell Wilson to see if he has any problem having Sherman back on the team. Sherman wasn’t the biggest Russell Wilson fan in the final couple years he played in Seattle. If Wilson looks at a Sherman return as an idea of getting as many stars to get this team to the Super Bowl, then it could work.

Third, the Seahawks would have to decide who is more important to get back: Sherman or linebacker K.J. Wright. Salary cap-wise, they might not be able to fit both in. Wright said he wouldn’t want to take a hometown discount. He wants to be paid, though that might be tough this year in free agency.

Fourth, the Seahawks have to figure if it would be better to bring back a younger cornerback in Quinton Dunbar. Though he would probably come in at a lower salary than Sherman, he is still a good coverage cornerback.

Regardless, the idea creates an interesting debate.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has set a great situation for former Seahawks to come back and fit in. The Seahawks don’t have a lot of money tied up at cornerback. Ahkello Witherspoon signed for $4 million this season. Tre Flowers is making $2.183 million. D.J. Reed makes $920,000. They are all free agents next year.

In other Seahawks news, the team may have wrapped up its upgrading of the offensive line. They re-signed Ethan Pocic at center. They traded for guard Gabe Jackson. On Wednesday, they re-signed Jordan Simmons at guard and Cedric Ogbuehi as the backup tackle. They also have Phil Haynes and Jamarco Jones.

They are pretty well set.

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