One of the major surprises of the NFL offseason was the news that broke about two weeks ago, which stated that the Seattle Seahawks were open to trading All-Pro CB Richard Sherman. The four time Pro-Bowler is coming off of another excellent season, where he totaled 38 tackles and added four more interceptions.
The Eagles have had a pretty busy offseason, having added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to plug their holes at the wide receiver position. However, a massive vacancy still looms at the cornerback spot. Whether the Seahawks actually do intend to trade Sherman remains to be seen, but if he is on the trade block, the Eagles should be one of the first teams to call.
The question is: what would it take for the Eagles to pull off this blockbuster deal and land the three time All-Pro? Here are some proposals that could possibly help the Eagles bolster their secondary.
EAGLES TRADE 2017 FIRST ROUND PICK (14TH OVERALL) FOR RICHARD SHERMAN AND FOURTH ROUND PICK
This proposal would be very bold, as obviously as the Eagles would be giving up this years 14th overall selection for a 28-year old corner. But the question Howie Roseman would have to ask himself is, is Sherman worth that? While the glaring need on the team is obviously cornerback, the Eagles have to decide whether or not they want to build the position through the draft with some of the young guys or make a splash with going after a proven NFL star that has a lot of good football ahead. Another question the Eagles would have to ask themselves is whether or not Sherman is better then any of the players they see themselves possibly drafting at 14th overall.
This trade proposal would also be tough for the Eagles because of their current cap situation. Sherman is set to make $11.4 million in 2017, so it would be nearly impossible to add Sherman’s contract without at least sending one player back to Seattle. If Roseman could sort out the financial side of the deal, Sherman would instantly become the Eagles’ best corner by a wide margin.
EAGLES TRADE 2017 2ND ROUND PICK AND C JASON KELCE FOR RICHARD SHERMAN AND SIXTH ROUND PICK
If the Seahawks are seriously looking to trade CB Richard Sherman, this is a proposal that could definitely help both teams. As mentioned many times, the Eagles are very weak at the cornerback position. The same could be said about the Seattle Seahawks and their offensive line. According to Pro Football Focus, the Seahawks had the worst offensive line in the NFL last season. Adding a veteran like Jason Kelce to plug up the center spot would help QB Russell Wilson immensely. Trading Kelce would also free up roughly $4.5 million in cap space for the Eagles, which would help them fit Sherman’s $11.4 million hit under the cap. The Eagles are very high on OL Isaac Seumalo who is entering his 2nd NFL season, so giving up Kelce would not hurt nearly as much as it would have in previous seasons. Also, not having to give up the 14th overall selection would be huge, because then the Eagles could take one of the high-end running backs or cornerbacks in the 1st round to add to Sherman.
EAGLES TRADE 2017 3RD ROUND PICK AND WR JORDAN MATTHEWS FOR RICHARD SHERMAN
The biggest weakness on this Eagles team entering the offseason was the wide receiver position. They addressed that in a big way by signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. With those two signings, the Eagles went from having a bottom three WR core to arguably a top-10 unit. Jordan Matthews has dropped from the top wide receiver on the depth chart to the third position in the slot.
One of the Seahawks weaknesses is also the wide receiver position. They could be intrigued about a young WR like Matthews who could line up next to Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Matthews is also a free agent after the 2017 season, so if the Eagles do not see him being in Philadelphia past next season, they could look to try to get something in return for him before he walks away for nothing in return. Both teams would acquire a need as well as the draft pick shipped to Seattle. Again, the cap issue may play a factor here, as Matthews being traded would only clear about $1 million in cap space, so Howie Roseman would have his work cut out for him to clear the rest of the space.
Adding a player like Richard Sherman would instantly upgrade the Eagles cornerback room to one of the top in the National Football League. Sherman’s cap hit could hold things up in possible trade talks, but if Howie Roseman can figure that aspect out, the Eagles should go all in for Sherman as long it does not include giving up multiple high draft picks in future drafts.
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